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Another month before KPH gets critical diagnostic equipment
2013-08-26 18:00:59 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Lyttleton Shirley - File
The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) says it could be another month before critical diagnostic machines are back in operation at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
SERHA is to spend more than $3 million to repair the Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner and Fluoroscopic unit which are critical to diagnostic services offered at the KPH.
SERHA's chairman, Lyttleton Shirley, says every effort is being made to resolve the matter but he notes that it could take at least another three weeks before overseas suppliers arrive in Jamaica to carry out installations.
Shirley, who is appealing to the public for patience, says in the interim, CT and fluoroscopic services have been outsourced.
A CT Scanner is used to capture the structure of internal organs of human body, while the Fluoroscopic Unit is used to gain structural and functional information about the body.
Shirley says SERHA will be purchasing a new X-Ray machine for the KPH this fiscal year.
He says the current machine is old and parts can no longer be sourced.
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Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, Lyttleton Shirley.
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