New X-ray Machine Yet to Work at Thekerani Health Centre

A new X-ray machine is yet to start assisting patients seeking services at Thekerani Health Centre in Thyolo five months after a colorful launch by the deputy minister of health.

Member of Parliament for Thyolo South-Thekerani, Mavuto Sandram Scott, told Zodiak Online on Friday that the installation of the machine was a big relief to the patients in the area who are currently having to pay over K7, 000 of transport to access the same at the district hospital.

"The new X-ray machine at the facility brought high hopes in us of accessing the services within our vicinity. Now we are worried that it is yet to start working five months after being installed and launched by the Deputy minister of health," he said.

However, Thyolo district medical officer, Dr. Denis Solomon, says the contractor is finalizing the installation works, as they also await certification of the machine by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority of Malawi that faced the power outages when they came earlier at the facility to run the test. 

He said: "One other limiting factor at the moment is certification of the machine by the Authority. So, they came at the facility but unfortunately then the facility was experiencing long blackouts."

Meanwhile, Dr. Solomon has admitted that the district is facing a huge demand for the X-ray services at the district hospital from far places of Thekerani, Malamulo Mission Hospital and other districts.

The X-ray machine was installed in September last year following a donation through the Thyolo district council.

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