Amana Hospital: New hope for Dar residents

AIMING to improve the health sector, the Amana Regional Referral Hospital has highly contributed to this since it has recently got new spice which is new CT-Scan and Digital X-Ray machines.

The two machines, worth 2.2bn/-, are expected to help patients access hig quality health care at the key hospital.

A CT –Scan is a procedure that uses a computer linked to an X-ray machine to make a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body.

The device has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car ac- cidents or other types of trauma.

It can also be used to visualise nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

The other tool which is the Digital X-Ray is normally used to image every part of the body and is used most commonly to look for fractures.

They are also commonly used to examine the chest, abdomen, and superficial soft tissues. X-rays can identify many different condi- tions, and they are often a fast and easy method for your doctor to make a diagnosis.

Looking at the valuable expense for each machine, A CT- scan costs 1.8bn/- and the Digital X-Ray costs 400m/-.

Having the devices being pro- vided at the hospital will help the patients get services from the hospital instead of being referred to the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).

The two devices were once found only at Muhimbili Hospital whereby the patients were be- ing transferred to the hospital for checkups as well as being treated. Due to the inconvenience of the patients from the deposit and being sent to Muhimbili for tests, the government has seen the importance to send the equipment to the hospital with the aim of help- ing the patients to get the service. And now, the devices are available at Amana; this is due to the efforts done by the Sixth President of Tanzania Samia Suluhu Hassan in improving this sector.

Medical Officer in Charge at the Amana Hospital, Dr Bryceson Kiwelu, noted that the launch of the tools aims at implementing the efforts done by President Samia Suluhu Hassan in improving the health sector. ‘’

We as the referral hospital, we commend the President of Tanzania Suluhu Hassan for improving the health sector whereby it is the most important sector in the country, ‘he said In this fiscal year, he added, they have invested more to improve the infrastructure including installing modern medical equipment and diagnostic equipment.

He stated that the hospital has also invested in the blood purification unit for patients with kidney problems.

He said the hospital was the first among regional referral hospitals in the Dar es Salaam region to provide such a service.

Dr Kiwelu also urged special- ists of the particular department to use the equipment properly, so as to provide efficient treatment.

The hospital has more than 30 specialist doctors in various departments, including the mother and child care unit, orthopaedic surgery unit, urology surgery unit and others.

On her part, a radiologist, Dr Japo Lukali, added that the devices would help patients suffering from various health challenges such as injuries from including accidents, stroke and early stages of cancer.

She added that having the devices at the hospital does not only bring smiles to the doctors but also to the patients staying nearby the hospital or far to get better treat- ment services.

Dr Lukali has also commended President Samia and the Ministry of Health for making significant reforms in the sector.

She also vowed to keep the two devices safe so that they can be used for further uses.

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