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Road Works Destroy Mubende Hospital Equipment

The hospital receives more than 100 patients every day in need of x-ray services.

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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 services. 

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.  

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