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Nakaseke Hospital Stuck With Faulty X-ray Machine

David Ssemakula the Nakaseke Hospital Administrator explains that an assessment by Dash Technologies Uganda Ltd discovered that the monitor requires repairs estimated at 10 million Shillings. Ssemakula adds that the district has to wait for the Ministry to renew a contract authorizing the suppliers; Dash Technologies Uganda Limited, to repair the machine
Nakaseke Vice Chairman Richard Mavuma and area Councillor Benjamin Makanga inspecting the faulty X ray machine

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Nakaseke District Hospital is stuck with a faulty digital X-ray machine. The machine was supplied by Dash Technologies Uganda Limited in 2015 as part of renovation undertaken by the government with support from the World Bank. 

However, the machine which is used to take pictures of tissues to detect broken bones and spot other illness broke down eight months ago and has been grounded ever since.

David Ssemakula the Nakaseke Hospital Administrator explains that an assessment by Dash Technologies Uganda Ltd discovered that the monitor requires repairs estimated at 10 million Shillings. Ssemakula adds that the district has to wait for the Ministry to renew a contract authorizing the suppliers; Dash Technologies Uganda Limited, to repair the machine        

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The Hospital Medical Superintendent Doctor Bernard Okong says that for now, they have resorted to the conventional X-ray machine which however exposes patients to more doses of radiation.   

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James Masembe, a radiographer at Nakaseke hospital asks the Ministry of Health to speed up the process of repairing the digital X-ray machine saying it's efficient and produces quality results for analysis than the manual X-ray.      

The area Member of Parliament Ssemakula Lutamaguzi has called for an audit to establish whether the funds allocated for the renovation of Nakaseke hospital were used for the purpose because most equipment supplied during the time, is now breaking down.  He says that even the old manual X-ray machine was repaired at his cost to save patients because the hospital had no funds.      

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Nakaseke Hospital handles 6,000 patients and 300 deliveries every month. About 500 of the patients use the services of the X-ray.

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