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Thieves Break Into Mulago, Vandalize Hospital’s Only CT Scan

Mulago Hospital's only CT Scan has been vandalized by unknown people.
Mulago Hospital’s only CT Scan has been vandalized by unknown people.

    By: Sam Waswa

  • Jan 11,2017
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Police at the Mulago National Referral Hospital are investigating a recent break-in and vandalizing of the hospital’s only computerized tomography (CT) Scan.

The machine uses x ray images and computer technology to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do.

A source who works at the hospital informed ChimpReports, that unknown bandits broke into the unit that holds the machine, and stole a number of yet to be established important components, rendering it totally defunct.

Another source says the thieves must have exploited the window of the ongoing renovations at the national health facility to carry out their mission.

By Tuesday morning, we were still unable to verify the particular ‘key components’ taken away from the machine, which we understand included monitors and computers among others.

The Hospital administration when contacted on Wednesday, confirmed the development, asking time to give us more details.

Mulago Hospital spokesperson Enock Kusasira told us that police was already looking into the matter.

He said at the time the vandals came in, the hospital was working on relocating the Scan from Lower Mulago where it is to a new place.

“But relocation of such heavy duty equipment is not an easy process, considering that (the machine) has rays. You have to make sure that it is kept in a specialized place and also there are a lot of installations involved,” explained the hospital mouthpiece.

Mulago Hospital is currently undergoing a major remodeling phase at a cost of up to $50million, in which process a lot of other large equipment are expected to be procured, including a new CT scan according to Mr Kusasira.

“Although it is true we have lost the CT scan, and I can confirm it is not working at the moment, we are in the process of acquiring a new one together with several other machines,” he said.

The vandalized machine, Kusasira says, was working perfectly and handling up to 40 patients per day. He says however that he couldn’t point out at the moment which exact parts of the machine were removed by the thieves.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said he was yet to get information about the break-in.

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