One of our initial challenges has been to work hard to re-open our radiology services.
Here in Northern Uganda, the authorities have suddenly clamped down hard on hospitals and medical clinics, raising the standards expected within Xray facilities.
Consequently all the facilities (including Government and Private Hospitals and clinics) servicing a population of over 500,000 people have been closed.
Yotkom receives so many patients who require x rays to assist with diagnosis.
We use these for diagnosing broken bones and infections like Pneumonia and Tuberculosis.
|Osteomyelitis in the Skull Bone|
We are struggling to meet these newly imposed standards as quickly as possible.
Thankfully we have been able to get assistance from a medical engineer and a radiographer and we have refitted our room and ordered lead from Kenya and procured barium paint to apply to our walls.
It is quite an undertaking and costly. The lead for a door and a small window costs over $1000 USD.
We appreciate your support as we tackle this issue.
|X Ray room windows need to be bricked up|
Dr Charles Abonga is a Physician and a Yotkom director who spends time teaching an training the junior staff. He is also undertaking a Chronic Disease Management clinic where patients in this community with Diabetes, Heart Disease,, Hypertension, TB, HIV and other long term conditions can be more closely monitored under the supervision of a specialist physician.
Our leadership team are also meeting regularly to put in place a leadership structure which will provide a strong foundation for growth and provide the necessary professionals to supervise the proposed expansion into maternal and child health and expanded inpatient services.