Nakaseke Stuck with Digital X-ray Machine

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John Kawalya, a Senior Orthopedic Officer at Nakaseke Hospital says currently they refer patients to Kiwoko Hospital and Kasana Health Center IV for X-ray services before they return for treatment.

Nakaseke Hospital has failed to utilise a newly donated digital x-ray machine leaving patients cry foul. In September this year, Ministry of Health donated a digital X-ray machine to Nakaseke Hospital; two years after its old machine broke down.



The new machine was viewed as a huge relief to more than 500 patients who flock the hospital each month in need of x-ray services. However, the machine is lying idle due to lack of a radiographer to operate it.

 
A radiographer operates the X-ray machine and is responsible for producing high quality medical images that assist doctors in their diagnosis and monitoring the recovery of patients.


John Kawalya, a Senior Orthopedic Officer at Nakaseke Hospital says currently they refer patients to Kiwoko Hospital and Kasana Health Center IV for X-ray services before they return for treatment.


Ntumwa Matovu, the Administrator Nakaseke Hospital says they have petitioned the Chief Administrative Officer and Ministry of Health to treat the recruitment of a radiographer as a matter of urgency.


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Josephine Kakande, an expectant mother says she forked out Shillings 50,000 recently to travel to Kiwoko Hospital for an xray and return back to Nakaseke hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
 
According to Kakande, it is unfortunate for them to continue incurring costs on x-ray services yet a new machine is lying idle at the facility. Other patients confessed to pleading with health workers to treat them without going for x-ray services due to lack of funds to travel to private health centers.
 

Edith Mutabaazi, the Nakaseke Chief Administrative has not yet commented as she couldn't pick repeated calls from URN. But Lukia Nakamatte, the Ministry of Health spokesperson advises the district to hire a radiographer on contract until the Ministry considers their petition to recruit one in the next financial year. 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.