Jinja Hospital Stuck with Non Functional Medical Equipment

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Matayo Yandua, a senior laboratory technologist at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says the machines broke down and their efforts to repair them have not yielded any results.

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital is stuck with nonfunctional medical equipment. They include two freezers, an oven for drying glass ware, chemistry analyser and autoclave machine.

 
Matayo Yandua, a senior laboratory technologist at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says the machines broke down and their efforts to repair them have not yielded any results.
 
Yandua says they auctioned the equipment to dispose them off but no one has expressed interest to buy them.


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He says currently the hospital can't perform bacterial culture tests due to the failure by National Medical Stores-NMS to honor their order to supply reagents.
 

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Dan Kimosho, the spokesperson of the National Medical Stores-NMS, says they haven't been able to adequately supply Laboratory supply, since the Center for Disease Control - CDC, a US government withdrew funding.

 
According to Kimosho, government only provides Shillings 10 billion of the required Shillings 60 billion for the laboratory supplies countrywide.
 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).