Specialised Health Equipment Lying Idle at Naguru Hospital

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According to Patrick Tabuga, the Principle Laboratory Technologist at Naguru Hospital, some of the machines such as the hematology analyzer are not in use due to lack of reagents.

Specialised health equipment is lying idle at Naguru General Hospital. The hospital was set up four years ago with support from the Chinese government with the aim of decongesting Mulago National Referral Hospital.
 
However, some of the specialised equipment that was donated to the hospital has never been installed while others have been replaced. They include the cervical cancer testing machine that analyses cancer cells, a Biochemistry Analyser that tests the function of the liver, kidney, heart, pancreas and electrolytes. 
 
 
The others are a Polymerase Chain Reaction-PCR machine that does DNA and viral load testing, a Hematology Analyzer that tests blood, a water purifier, HB Electrophoresis machine that does sickle cell and protein tests.
 
 
According to Patrick Tabuga, the Principle Laboratory Technologist at Naguru Hospital, some of the machines such as the hematology analyzer are not in use due to lack of reagents.
 

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Tabuga notes that some of the vital machines such as the cervical cancer screening machine has not been installed due to lack of space. 

He notes that with over 2,500 women dying in Ugandan from cervical cancer annually it is disturbing that such a vital machine has been rendered useless for the last four years.

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Tabuga says the water purifier hasn't been installed because the user manual was written in Chinese and there is no one translate it. Naguru hospital now buys purified water from National Medical Stores at over Shillings 350 million annually.

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Tabuga notes that other machines have since broken down but efforts to have them repaired by the health ministry have been futile.

 

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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).