St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu district in partnership with Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative – ARLPI is still short of 3.5 billion shillings to purchase and installed a Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan machine at the Hospital, six months since the fundraising drive for the project was launched.
Lacor hospital needs about 3.6 billion shillings to purchase the high resolution 128 slices CT scan.
Doctors recommend a CT scan to help diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumours and fractures.
The machine also pinpoints the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot thus guiding procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy.
Archbishop Dr. John Baptist Odama of Gulu Archdiocese who is the chief fundraiser is still appealing to members of the public to make contributions after collecting slightly over 100 million shillings.
The absence of the machine is straining patients in Acholi, Karamoja, Lango, Teso and West Nile sub-regions, whose main point of referral is Lacor Hospital.
Currently, a patient spends up to 1.5 million Shillings to hire ambulance services from Gulu to Kampala to access CT scan services.
Doctors say that only 30 per cent of patients requiring CT scan service in the greater north can afford to get the service in Kampala.
A 2017/2018 Uganda Annual Health Sector Performance report indicates there are 17 CT scan machines in the country, out of which 13 are distributed across Kampala while two are in Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital, and the other two are at Cure and Mt. Elgon Hospitals in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.