Namibia: State Radiation Machines Still Under Repair


THE radiation machines at the Windhoek Central Hospital and the X-ray printers at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital are being repaired.

Health permanent secretary Ben Nangombe confirmed the repair work on the radiation machines and the X-ray printers on Sunday.

Nangombe, however, said he was not briefed on whether the broken down radiation machines at Katutura Intermediate Hospital are also being repaired.

About a week ago, The Namibian reported on the two radiation machines that were broken simultaneously at both hospitals, which led to patients being forced to seek private care, while others had to return to the regions until such a time when the machines are fixed.

At the time, the radiation machine needed a special technician from Johannesburg as the machine is manufactured in Canada, but the technician could also not fix the machine, as confirmed by hospital superintendent Dr David Uirab yesterday afternoon.

“We had to call in the manufacturers themselves,” said Uirab, adding that he was not sure about the status quo as he was off-duty.

The entire X-ray department at the Katutura Hospital was also shut down because printers were not working, and patients were sent to the Central Hospital for their X-rays, while CT scans were also done only for emergency cases.

Health spokesperson Manga Libita said the parts that are needed are awaiting clearance at customs. “As soon as they receive it, they will be able to fix it, and the X-ray [machine] will be up and running,” she added.

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Publish date : 2018-10-30 11:41:54

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