The meticulous installation process of the newly acquired cancer machine, the Cobalt 60 Teletherapy Unit (TERABALT) is nearing completion at the Mulago National Referral Hospital.
ChimpReports over the weekend gained exclusive access to the 24 hour armed security guarded Radiotherapy Unit where International Atomic Energy Agency accredited Czech Republican experts are assembling the machine.
The radiotherapy machine arrived at Mulago on 16th August 2017 sealed in wooden boxes and had never been seen by anyone, despite rumors that followed days later about its quality.
It was acquired from Czech Republic’s multi technology company, UJP Praha on 16th June 2017.
The authorities in Mulago decided that the installation of the machine that uses the hazardous nuclear technology should be kept out of public knowledge until completion and the start of testing.
The installation process is expected to be concluded in one week and early next month the experts are to start training the local operators.
By December, Uganda Cancer Institute is expected to start treatment testing on the hundreds of waiting cancer patients who failed to be taken to Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi.
The machine is to be mainly electronically operated according to the installations done so far.
The old cancer machine, that was handling 17,000 cancer patients annually, broke down on 28th March 2016. The authority ruled out any chances of repairing the machine that was installed 22 years ago, and only decided to take a lengthy path of acquiring a new machine.
read more here: ChimpReports. This post is syndicated.