St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor Takes CT Scan Fundraising Drives To East Acholi Districts
After failing to secure enough funds for the purchase of the Computerized Tomography (CT) Scans St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu is set to launch the fundraising drive in East Acholi districts of Kitgum, Pader, Agago and Lamwo.
According to John Bosco Uhuru, a member of the central organizing they are going conduct a road drive, making a stopover in major trading centers.
The committee has so far raised 48 million shillings to purchase the high resolution 128 slices CT scan which is expected to cost 3.1 billion Shillings including installation.
CT scan machines are used in the diagnosis of illnesses like muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumours and fractures.
However, in Acholi sub-region and neighbouring Karamoja, Lango, Teso and of West Nile regions of Uganda, limited access to the CT scan services to facilitate timely diagnostic treatment and monitoring of illnesses continue to burden patients.
It is estimated that a patient spends between 900,000 to 1,500,000 to hire an ambulance loaded with return fuel and a support nurse from Gulu to Kampala to access CT scan machine services.
Doctors say for every 100 patients requiring CT scan machine services hospitals in the greater north, only 30 of them can afford the money for the scan in Kampala meaning the 70 stays on and die without diagnosis and monitoring.
In 2018, St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu and St. Joseph’s hospital in Kitgum referred to 656 and 349 patients to Kampala for specialized treatment including CT scan out of whom 181 and 47 respectively required CT scan service.