Serving the people of Dodoma Rural District
X-ray is an indispensable tool in health care but for much of 2008 Mvumi Hospital was without an X-ray machine after the old one was condemned by the regulatory authorities in Tanzania. Getting enough money to purchase a new machine was an uphill struggle. An appeal to replace the machine was launched in February 2007.
The call was answered by the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness in Scotland with their Lent appeal which raised £4000 towards the £37,000 required and Dronfield church in Yorkshire raised another £2000. Simon Walton, and expatriate doctor working at Mvumi, tried in vain to obtain funding from various other sources, but could not find the extra money. FOM were able to transfer £15,000 from an underspend of money earmarked for purchase of drugs and equipment, but the funding was still short. Eventually the Knott Trust came to our aid and donated an extra £16,000 to complete the project and pay for the transport and fitting of the machine and renovation of the X-ray suite . The hospital ordered a Philips Cosmos BS X-ray machine and the photographs below show its installation at Mvumi in 2008. The hospital can now get much better quality X-rays and people who need detailed chest X-rays will no longer have to travel all the way to Dodoma.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to help purchase the machine.
The new X-ray machine has now been delivered ad installed in a refurbished X-ray suite. The refurbishment included a leaded glass partition to protect the radiology technicians. The new machine has an anatomical menu system – so the technician only has to identify which part of the body he is filming, the size of film etc and the dose or X-ray is set automatically. In addition there is a fully automated X-ray processor so that the film simply has to be fed in at one end and the completed dry X-ray comes out of the other. This is a great improvement on the old manual system which was performed by dunking the films in some rather old processing baths. The new X-ray facility will be a huge benefit for the patients and doctors at Mvumi so thank you to all those who contributed to its purchase. It will also help the hospital screen all HIV positive clients for tuberculosis, which is common in these patients.