Kamuzu Central Hospital CT scan down for 10 months

Main public referral hospital for the centre, Kamuzu central hospital vital machine for scanning, CT scan has been down for 10 months and poor patients are told to seek services from private hospitals at a cost of K120 000 but those who cannot pay for the services have nowhere else to go.

Patients who can afford to pay for the CT scanning services, go to the private clinic, but those who cannot pay for the services have nowhere else to go.

A CT scanner is a special X-ray machine that produces cross-sectional images of the body using X-rays.  The CT scanner enables doctors to tell what is happening with their patients. Cancer patients are also able to follow if the cancer drugs they are taking are working or not.

Kamuzu central hospital spokesperson Chiyanjano Kazombo said the scan machine’s high voltage control module is down.

“We have at least 65 patients who need this service per day at the hospital but with the machine down, we refer them to private hospitals if they can afford,” said Kazombo.

According to a radiologist at KCH Suzgo Mzumara, a CT scanner is a very important machine as doctors can tell what is happening with their patients.

The CT scan machine is used to diagnose internal injuries in the body, head injuries and well as liver and kidney diseases.

On average, 25 patients need CT scanning services at KCH, a referral hospital in Lilongwe, which also caters for the Northern Region.

Spokesperson for the ministry of Health Joshua Malango confirmed the CT scan machine is not working at Kamuzu central hospital for a good number of months.

“The ministry is sourcing the spare part from South Africa at K42 million and it should be in the country by next week,” said Malango.

He said consultants will fix the spare apart as soon as it arrives.

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Tozer Tsono
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Tozer Tsono

Don’t send patients to a private clinic. Central hospital ouuvht to leaase the equipment for patients. This will prevent inside jobs whereby an employ sabotages government equipment in favor of his or her uncle’s ct scan. This is unethical. It opens vulnerable patients to corruption and exploitation. Does the owner of the clinic also work at the central hospital?

Concerned citizen
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MOH, do not let the incompetence of a select few district the good repute of the many hard workers.

Fire all incompetence and hire fresh indicative minds.

Jeff Mpotazingwe
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Jeff Mpotazingwe

This anarchy must stop we know that the doctor in this section Dr. Mzumara is busy running errands in private hospital while his junior staff are over the moon running personal errands.I think the government must solve the unemployment crisis. Productive young men are being left outside employment while these old men are only there to compensate for their old age ego integrity not pefomance at all. Erik Erikson a psychologist asserted that the old people only look for success in old age no matter what may otherwise failure leads to despair . The earning age is from 18-40 years… Read more »

tippex
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tippex

after spending 12 years to become a radiologist and his salary is less than 1 million what do you expect of him. as long as he is earning his money legally I see nothing wrong. udokotala si ubusa.

Tyoma Kamahungwa
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Tyoma Kamahungwa

You Mpotazingwe is very immature. You don’t know what you are talking about, you brainless kid. You need to be done a CT Scan in the head to rule out anencephaly!

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

You’re just another dunderhead just like that bunch of mlakho.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

They deliberately let it stay that long so that they can refer patients to some private clinics/hospitals where some doctors spend most of their times at.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Anali busy ndalama kupatsa a mec,jane ,cadets.
Minister of health atupele anali busy ma rally osawapatsa kaye anthu moyo. Koma malawi wafika pa sanza.

nambewe
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nambewe

Ndalama zomwezo wina ku Reserve Bank kumangotapa ngati zake ma girlfriend thooo aaaaaaa Nchakulu, kuba 354m pamene scaner ikufuna 42m and anthu akufa chifukwa cha umphawi sangathe kulipira K120,000, God is watching you