The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Kyambogo University which sent a team of engineers and students to inspect faulty hospital equipment at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital a month ago have succeeded on their mission.
The team has repaired key medical equipment used during surgical procedures and some of the old equipment was also replaced. The repairs were done during a four-day exercise at the hospital last week.
The repaired equipment include; the X-ray machine, anaesthesia machine, the radiant baby warmer, diathermy machines, the nebulizer, the patient monitor, theatre lamps, infusion pump, operating table machines, and oxygen concentrators.
According to the Kyambogo University Vice Chancellor Pro Eli Katunguka, the gesture was in appreciation of the hospital for separating a conjoined twin from a dead one back in March this year.
In the company of the Soroti medical team, Prof Katunguka delivered some items to the family of the conjoined twin in Aujangor village, Obalanga Sub-county, in Kapelebyong District. We have learnt that the baby is still under weekly review by the medical team from the mentioned hospital.
Dr Michael Mwanga, the hospital director, lauded Kyambogo University for the gesture, explaining that the machines are now functional after struggling with faulty ones for some time.
Apparently, the Ministry of Public Service is considering recruiting more biomedical engineers to fill the gap.