Gov’t To Buy CT Scan Machines For 14 Regional Referral Hospitals

Dr Sarah Byakika, the Commissioner planning, financing and Policy, Ministry of Health

BY IVAN TOLIT

GULU: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021

The Ministry of Health is in the process of acquiring Computerized Tomography (CT) scan machines for 14 regional referral hospitals in the country to boost health services.

These are a diagnostic equipment that use X-ray and computer to produce images of soft tissue and bones to identify diseases and injuries.

According to the ministry, only two hospitals have CT scan equipment, namely, Mulago National Referral Hospital and Aber Hospital in Lango Sub-region.

While addressing the people during the first ever regional health assembly at Bomah Hotel in Gulu City on Wednesday, Dr Sarah Byakika, the Commissioner planning, financing and Policy in the Ministry of Health asserted that they have already allocated money towards the purchase of CT scan machines for 14 Regional Referral Hospitals.

She said the regional referral to get CT scan includes Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, Arua Regional Referral Hospital, Mbale Region Referral Hospital and Soroti Regional Referral Hospital among others.

Byakika said before the end of this financial year all the 14 regional referral hospitals will be equipped with CT scan gear to boost health Services .

Hon. Anifa Kawooya, the State minister of health (General Duties) confirmed the development saying the government is already in the process of procurement of these important diagnostic tools.

She said this is going to improve services because most times people will have spent a lot travelling to Kampala to seek CT scan services.

Kawooya said the government will also ensure that after the purchase of the CT scan machines specialists that will operate the machines are recruited and remunerated.

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