Patients admitted at Mubende Regional Hospital have to look for
alternative services following the breakdown of the equipment.
The equipment broke down as a result of vibrations caused by the
construction of the Mubende–Kakumiro–Kibaale–Kagadi Road byChina
Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
Vibrations can have a big impact on the sensitive diagnostic and surgical
equipment they require where the slightest amount of vibration on equipment
such as MRI and CT Scanners, can skew diagnostic or lab results, as well as put
patients potentially at risk during delicate procedures when steady hands and
stable surgical tools are paramount for successful outcomes.
Dr Alex Andema, Hospital Director, says that currently they unable to undertake
some medical procedures and diagnosis especially x-ray services given the fact that management has since
been advised by the technocrats to halt the repair of the machine.
“We will embark on repair of the equipment after the road works around the
hospital are completed since the problems will recur if the road works are
still on-going, the hospital Management regrets the situation and urges the
public to bear with us. The public is advised to seek for x-ray services from
the other health facilities in the region or elsewhere,” said Dr Andemad.
The hospital receives more than 100 patients every day in need of x-ray
Besides the x-ray machines, the hospital management is yet to assess the other equipment that has been affected by the road works.
However, according to HCG engineering, a reputable medical
engineering company, diagnostic optical systems such as x-rays or mammography
are least prone to vibration compared to MRIs which are typically most
sensitive to vibration effects followed by CT scanners.
Dr Andemad says that the hospital management has written to the contractors and the
Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA requesting them to expedite the road works
so that the broken equipment can be repaired and put to use again.
Allan Ssempebwa, the Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA media
manager, says that a team of UNRA officials and contractors will meet the
hospital management over the matter.
He, however, says that the hospital management had asked that the
works be rushed for one month, which he says is impossible due to the on-going
rains in the area.