Govt Partners with General Electric to Assess Status of Medical Equipment

Diagnostic equipment at the Uganda Heart Institute.

Government is set to conduct a general assessment to ascertain thr status of the equipment in select health facilities across the country.

The assessment will focus on regional referral hospitals, general hospitals as well as health centres.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement on Monday that a team from American multinational conglomerate, General Electric (GE) is already in the country to undertake the exercise

General Electric under GE Healthcare manufactures and distributes diagnostic imaging agents and radiopharmaceuticals for imaging modalities that are used in medical imaging procedures. GE Healthcare also manufactures medical diagnostic equipment including CT image machines. 

The Ministry said the assessment exercise will facilitate the preparation for feasible solutions in terms of funding and equipping the health facilities with some of the key equipment that are missing at these facilities.

A total of 7 Regional Referral Hospitals, 47 General Hospitals, 2 Health Center IIIs and 5 Health Center IVs have been earmarked for assessment.

“The assessment is aimed at improving health service delivery to all Ugandans and will cover the departments of Imaging and Intensive Care,” the Ministry said in a statement.

Regional Referral Health   to be assessed include; Soroti, Fort Portal, Entebbe, Mbale, Jinja, Lira and Gulu.

General Hospitals that have been identified for the assessment include; Abim, Adjumani, Apac, Atutur, Bududa, Lyantonde, Masafu, Masindi, Mityana, Moyo, Murchison, Nebbi, Pallisa, Rakai, Tororo, UPDF Second Division, Kitagata, Gombe and Bududa.

Other are Bugiri, Bukwo, Budibugyo, Busolwe, Bwera, Entebbe, Kaabong, Kagadi, Kalisizo, Kambuga, Kamuli, Kisoro, Kitagata, Kitgum, Kyenjojo, Itojo, Kiboga, Kiryandongo, Nakaseke, Kawolo, Buliisa, Anaka, Iganga, Bombo and Rubongi.

Health Centre IVs include; Koboko, Mukono, Kasangati, Kisenyi and Wakiso.

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