Amudat patients walk 80 kilometres for X-ray service

X-ray service

Amudat patients walk 80 kilometres for X-ray service

She said Amudat hospital serves more than 10,000 cases that are referred from remote health centres in Amudat district and appealed the ministry of health to consider giving Amudat hospital the x-ray machine and scanner so as to rescue Ugandans people from walking long distance to Kenya.

 

BY STEVEN ARIONG AMUDAT, UGANDA
Hundreds of patients in Amudat district have to walk a distance of 80 kilometres to Kenya to access x-ray services due to lack of an x-ray machine in the only district hospital, Amudat authorities have said.
Mrs. Becky Acocor, the Amudat district LCV women councillor representing Amudat district town council said lack of an x-ray machine in the hospital was a disgrace to Amudat community.
She said the hospital, which was established by Church of Uganda missionaries in early 70’s before it started receiving full support from government was well equipped but it’s not clear how the hospital equipment disappeared.
“Our people walk several kilometres to hospitals such as Alale, Kacheliba and Makutano in Kenya to access x-ray services and this is a shame to us leaders in Amudat yet the hospital used to have all these machines and we are not even informed how these machines disappeared,” she said.
She said Amudat hospital serves more than 10,000 cases that are referred from remote health centres in Amudat district and appealed the ministry of health to consider giving Amudat hospital the x-ray machine and scanner so as to rescue Ugandans people from walking long distance to Kenya.
She called upon government to consider upgrading some of the health centres II to health centres III and create more health centres in the parishes were health facilities are far way.
Mrs. Acocor also appealed the team from the National Medical Stores (NMS) to always consult the district leaders before taking drugs to the hospital.
“We thank NMS of being active in delivering medicines to Amudat hospital but they should always consult leaders before delivering drugs to the hospital because we have noticed that they give Amudat a lot of drugs including those whose diseases are not found in Amudat and later on ost of these drugs are destroyed. This is wastage of government drugs,” she said.
Ms. Sarah Akello the Amudat hospital administrator confirmed the hospital has no x-ray machine but declined to give details.
“What I know is that we don’t have an x-ray machine in the hospital and Amudat hospital is fully receiving support from government although it was a private founded hospital,” she said.
Mr. Stephen Nsubuga Bewayo, the Amudat resident district commissioner said he was shocked over lack of an x-ray machine in the hospital and wondered why the hospital administration had been keeping quite.






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