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BUTEBO HEALTH CENTRE GETS NEW ULTRASOUND MACHINE

New scanning machine for Butebo health center

BY LAWRENCE ALEX AKOL 

BUTEBO: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2021

The new ultrasound scanning machine that the Butebo district local government bought at 34,760,000 t has caused excitement in the community.

The machine has been installed at Butebo health center IV in Butebo district.

During the delivery and installation of this scanning machine, James Okurut, the LC5 chairperson of Butebo district said it will help patients who need ultrasound scanning.

“It has been a great challenge as patients for scanning by medical workers had to travel to Pallisa hospital or Mbale regional hospital for scanning services,” he disclosed.

Okurut thanked the district council for considering the health department’s request for the ultrasound machine this financial year.

He stressed that the new acquisition is going to save costs and charges from other health facilities for patients.

The Butebo district health officer, Dr Lawrence Oonyu, said the ministry of health doesn’t provide ultrasound scanning machine to health center IVs by policy but the district thought it necessary to equip Butebo health centre because of the magnitude of services they provide in Butebo district.

The district does not have a hospital therefore Butebo health centre IV is the biggest health facility the residents can easily go to.

Dr Oonyu said scanning of patients is going to be done free of charge and he cautioned the health workers to desist from soliciting money from patients and their attendants for scanning services.

“Apparently all services in Butebo health center are free unless the district council resolves to introduce some fees,” he clarified.

Salome Nakiria, a resident of Kanyum sub-county in Butebo town council said an ultrasound scanner is one equipment which Butebo health center needed most.

Nakiria said getting scans from private facilities has been expensive that residents expect the new machine to relieve them of those costs.

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