Nankudu District Hospital X-ray machine broken for over a year

12 Sep 2019 10:10am
NANKUDU, 12 SEP (NAMPA) – The X-ray machine at the Nankudu District Hospital has been defective for more than a year now, forcing staff members to travel twice a week to the Rundu State Hospital to print patients’ X-rays.
The hospital is situated at Nankudu village in the Kavango West Region, some 100 kilometres west of Rundu.
This is part of the challenges faced by the hospital, its radiographer assistant Alina Angombe revealed on Wednesday while engaging the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula and his delegation who are visiting the Kavango West and East regions.
Shangula’s visit is aimed at inspecting and observing the state of public health facilities and how they are providing services to the communities, while receiving feedback from patients, clients and stakeholders on how they are being served.
Angombe informed the minister that the X-ray machine has been malfunctioning since April last year, a situation which has resulted in her to travel weekly to the Rundu State Hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays to print patients’ X-rays.
She added that the staff already reported the problem in writing to Regional Health Director Timea Ngwira, who further communicated to the ministry but no response was received to date.
Angombe said all she heard in the corridors is that the X-ray machine would cost the ministry N.dollars 70 000 to repair, noting that it has however been more costly for the ministry to travel twice a week to Rundu for more than a year now.
In response, staff members from the regional health directorate gave assurance to the minister that a request has been put in recently for the machine to be repaired.
The minister’s visit to the two regions started on Monday and ends on Thursday.