ADJUMANI. Six years after Adjumani hospital operating without an x-ray machine, patients in Adjumani seeking x-ray services will now be saved from the burden of accessing costly x-ray services from private clinics.

This development follows the acquisition of the X-ray bucky stand by Danish refugee council (DRC), a component of the x-ray machine that was missing and rendered the main x-ray redundant.

Adjumani hospital has three x-ray machines but all were not functioning due to the absence of x-ray bucky stand and poor atomic energy safety requirements of the structure.

The country representative Danish refugee council delivered the x-ray bucky stand last week to Adjumani district local government at the council boardroom.

The Adjumani district deputy chief administrative officer Mr Martine Mukala-max commended DRC for being responsive, reliable and for delivering the component that has been missing for years.

Mr Christopher Jean Saint-Esteben, the DRC country representative appreciated the generosity of the people for accepting to host refugees. He promised to deliver the best services to both refugees and host communities amidst the challenges of reduced funding.

Mr Christopher 15 08 19Mr Christopher Jean Saint-Esteben, the DRC country representative speaks during the hand over.

In Adjumani, the cost of accessing x-ray services from a private facility ranges between shs 30,000 to 40,000 which is costly for the majority of the patients.

Ms Rose Raleo, the Adjumani district secretary for health explained that the hospital being a referral receives many patients both refugees and host communities which had made it a challenge to again refer them to private facilities which is often unaffordable to the majority of them.

The deputy refugee desk officer Adjumani Mr Pascal Ajusi said “this project was given to the Danish Refugee Council four years ago and a disjointed decision-making module was used and it was imposed on DRC to procure the x-ray machine because at that time, it was believed that DRC had the best structures among the implementing partners and somehow a fox got over the wall and the process was mixed up, that is why it took us up to this time and nobody is to blame”, Ajusi said.

Ajusi appealed to the country representative to streamline planning process jointly without overlapping and challenged the management of the hospital to ensure better use and maintenance of the x-ray machine.

Adjumani district vice-chairman Mr John Anyanzo lamented that the absence of x-ray services in the hospital had been a thorn in their flesh because it was disappointing to see a big government hospital operating without the machine and the time of increased accident occurrences.

Mr Michael Ambaku, the medical superintendent of the hospital confirmed that for six years, the radiology services have been incomplete but only the ultra-sound scan which had been functional.

He said the efforts by the management of the hospital proved futile as attempts to rehabilitate the structure to meet the atomic energy safety requirements failed.

Ambaku said negotiations between the district and the United Nations operations services are ongoing to upgrade the radiology unit and install a state of the art digital x-ray machine.