Mbale Hospital CBC Machine Dysfunctional

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Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo Ituuza, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, said he wasnt aware of the problem and promised to get in touch with the Laboratory Manager.

The Complete Blood Count-CBC machine at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital is dysfunctional, URN has learnt. According to sources, the CBC machine has been dysfunctional for several months forcing medics to refer patients to private facilities.


The CBC machine is used to count Red blood cells, White Blood cells, Hemoglobin level and platelets. A CBC test is a key diagnostic test for patients, since it provides an overview of the patient's condition. It is also used to detect bacterial infections and other diseases in blood.



URN visited the two laboratories at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and found patients being referred to private facilities for CBC tests. A CBC test in a private clinic Mbale costs between Shillings 16,000 and 18,000.
 
 
Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo Ituuza, the Director Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, said he wasn't aware of the problem and promised to get in touch with the Laboratory Manager.

 
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Jane Wayoto, a resident of Sironko district told URN that patients who are unable to go to the private facilities are asked to pay Shillings 20,000 to somebody in the hospital laboratory to take the samples and deliver their results.

 
Jane Nakayenze, a resident of Indian Quarters and mother, says she took her sick child to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital but was asked to pay for the CBC test outside the facility.

 
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Amina Mugide, a resident of Maluku and a mother of two, says she also took her sick child to the hospital and was asked to do a CBS test only to discover that the machine was faulty. She wonders who is responsible for repairing the faulty machine.
 
 
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Michael Okiria, a resident of Namatala ward in Industrial division calls upon good Samaritans to intervene and repair the machine. According to online vendors, a new CBS machine costs on average Shillings 16 million.

 

About the author

Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.