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BMC in dire need of intra medullar iron nails- Surgeon

BUGANDO Zonal Referral and Teaching Hospital is in dire need of intra medullar iron nails and medication to attend to road crash victims, who require urgent hip fracture surgeries, it can be leant.

Speaking to reporters here recently, an Orthopaedic Consultant Surgeon at the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Dr Andrew Emmanuel said that the special metals are scarce and not meeting demand of growing road crash patients especially for motorcyclists and their passengers in Mwanza City and other places in the Lake Zone.

He said as a result, that is delaying intramedullary nail operations for patients suffering from hip fractures brought to the institution from the city and its neighbouring regions.

“We are receiving an increased number of road crash victims from all over the region and its environs and on average we receive at least two victims a day, while the capacity to attend to them remains minimal,” further said Dr Emmanuel.

He pointed out that the intra medullar iron nails are not locally produced in the country, but procured from the US through a special programme, which at times take over two weeks to be brought and that in a way inconveniences and embarrasses a patient.

However, in unexplained circumstance, when Tanzania Surgical Association (TSA) Consultant Surgeons visited Mwanza Region to visit the hospital and some in the Lake Zone for a special mission, there were enough pieces for the daily brought patients in need of help.

TSA President Dr Catherine Mng’ong’o told the ‘Daily News’ that a team of 12 Surgeons were at the BMC the whole of last week to attend to different surgical cases in the region and its environs.

Apart from getting involved in special surgical missions, the TSA staff were taking part in different social activities, ahead of their annual general meeting scheduled to take place here mid this week.

“So there are a team of Consultant Surgeons from the TSA and about 65 of them are scattered in different hospitals in the Lake Zone for various surgical services, as a sign of togetherness and solidarity with the patients,” she added.

Dr Mung’ong’o further said that apart from the 12 Surgeons stationed at the BMC, ten more were rushed to Mwanza Regional Hospital Sekou Toure and another ten to Mara Regional Hospital.

The TSA President further said that another team of ten Surgeons were taken to Shinyanga Regional Hospital, besides another ten of them ferried to G eita and Chato Hospitals.

Over 350 TSA medics are expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, which will chart out achievements and challenges facing the country’s health delivery system notably serious shortage of surgeons in almost all hospitals countrywide.

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Author: PIUS RUGONZIBWA in Mwanza

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