The X-ray unit at Adjumani Hospital is reportedly out of service, years after it was installed.
Dr. George Didi Bhoka, the District Health Officer Adjumani revealed that their X-ray department has not been sanctioned to commence operations by the Atomic Energy Council of Uganda
“We have two functional X-ray machines at Adjumani Hospital but none has been working for over three years now.” Dr. Bhoka said.
Dr. Bhoka says the reason for not opening the X-ray unit is because the window level was not up to the recommended standard of 2meters.
He revealed that this issue has since been rectified and that the facility is awaiting clearance from the council.
Dr. Bhoka was speaking recently at a regional meeting for DHOs with Atomic Energy Council from Gulu town
Meanwhile, Dr. Caroline Agaro, the assistant district health officer of Oyam revealed that the X-ray unit at Anyeke Health center 4 is not functional because it lacks qualified staff to use it.
“We procured the X-ray machine but we have no Radiographer to operate it.”
She added that they wrote to the Ministry of health to recruit a Radiographer but the ministry again referred them to the Ministry of Public service.
In response, Mr. Deo Sekyanzi, a senior Radiation protection officer with Atomic Energy Council said the district should write to a letter to the council stating their level of compliance so that they come and inspect the X-ray unit and sanction it for use.
Mr. Ssekyanzi also urged the DHOs to always comply with standard procedures before setting up at X-ray unit to avoid such difficulties in the future.
X-ray machines are used for among others; medical examination, monitoring progression of diseases, checking how a prescribed treatment is working among others