Bwera Hospital Fails to Repair Ultra Sound Scanner Six Months After

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Pedson Buthala, the administrator Bwera General Hospital says plans are underway to repair scanner.

The Ultra sound scanner at Bwera General Hospital in Kasese district is yet to be repaired since month after it broke down. Pedson Buthala, the administrator Bwera General Hospital says plans are underway to repair scanner.
Asked on how much they need to fix the scanner, Buthala said they are yet to receive an invoice from an undisclosed contractor. He however, couldn't explain why they have taken this long to repair the scanner.
An Ultrasound scanner is a medical apparatus that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image inside the body such as the heart. The breakdown of the Ultra sound scanner has left patients with complications with no alternative but to resort to costly private health facilities. 

Staluzi Kabugho, a resident of Ihandiro sub-county says she was referred to a private clinic in Mpondwe town for scanning services when she went to the hospital with stomach complications. According to Kabugho, she had to fork out 30,000 Shillings for the scan services at the private clinic she didn't disclose. 

The same service is offered free of charge at Bwera General Hospital. Martin Masereka Balitebya, the LC 3 chairman Karambi sub-county says majority of the patients from his area have complained of the inconveniences they face after being referred to private clinics for the scanning services.
He wonders why the hospital can direct a woman in labor and other complications seek scanning services from a facility about a kilometer away. Balitebya says that most patients foot from their villages to the hospital because they cannot afford transport fares but end up being tasked to pay for a service outside the hospital.
Bwera General Hospital provides medical services to people from six sub-counties of Bukonzo West Constituency. It also receives patients from Lhume district in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.