BY DUNCAN MUGISHA
KANUNGU: SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021
The diagnostic capacity of Kataate health centre IV in Kanungu district has been enhanced following the acquisition of a brand new ultrasound machine.
The digital colour Doppler ultrasound scan technology machine costing sh56.5m was a donation from a German physician, Dr. Holger Listle and friends from the Great Lakes Regional University.
The donation was given through CHIFCOD, a non-profit organization promoting education and health service in Kanungu district.
Doppler ultrasound scanners are used to estimate the blood flow through blood vessels.
It also helps to diagnose many conditions including blood clots, poorly functioning valves in leg veins, heart valve defects and congenital heart disease, a blocked artery, decreased blood circulation into legs, bulging arteries, and narrowing of arteries among others.
Martin Kafanta Atukwase, the health center administrator said the machine will greatly help patients and expectant mothers who have struggled to access ultrasound scan services since the facility had none.
While officiating at the commissioning ceremony, Kanungu Town Council Mayor, Geoffrey Karabenda said the people of Kanungu are grateful to Dr. Listle and friends for this super machine which he described as a blessing to the community.
“CHIFCOD is glad to collaborate with Kanungu District and the government of Uganda to improve healthcare services at Kataate and we are grateful for the love shown by Dr. Listle and friends in Germany” an elated CHIFCOD Executive Director, Honest Wilkins said.
Meanwhile Davis Mucunguzi, who represented the District Health Officer said: “The department of health services, Kanungu District appreciates the contribution of Dr. Holger and CHIFCOD and this machine will address maternal and child health- related issues as health workers will make proper diagnoses as required for mothers and other clients.”
Dr. Hadus Masereka, the senior medical officer and in-charge of Kataate said with the new acquisition, there would be no reason for patients to go all the way to Mbarara and other distant hospitals for Doppler scan services.