Kabale Hospital Lacks X Ray Machine

Members of Parliament on the health committee heard in disbelief on Thursday that Kabale Regional Referral Hospital the biggest in the south western region lacks an X-ray machine, ampoule CT scan and MRM machines.

The MPs led by the committee chairman Dr. Michael Bukenya were told by the hospital principal administrator Edward Kabuye that the facility is in a sorry state even though it serves the districts of Kabale, Rubanda, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri as well as parts of the neighboring countries of Rwanda and DRC.

Kabuye says the X- ray machine was closed on 24th June 2016 by officials from the Atomic Energy Council who found that its emissions were hazardous to the workers and patients.

Patients that require these services he said are immediately referred to Kampala.

Kabuye further told the legislators that Kabale Hospital is critically understaffed and lacks consultants. For instance, he said, they have only one pediatrician.

The huge number of patients, he added, keeps the facility in constant shortage of medicine. It has only two old ambulances, one of which broke down in Mpigi recently as they were rushing a patient to Butabika.

Emmanuel Byamugisha Sentaro the Kabale municipality mayor while speaking to the MPs called for government to buy back the housing estates for doctors, to address another rising accommodation bottleneck at the Hospital.

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