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Gambia's national hospital without fully functional x-ray machine

Gambia's national hospital without fully functional x-ray machine

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<p>The Gambia’s only referral and teaching hospital is facing a resource crisis specifically with its x-ray machine which is said to be operating below its capacity.</p> <p>Lamin Jahateh, a journalist in the country tweeted about the crisis on Monday appealing that the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, <span class="caps">EFSTH</span>, needed help.</p> <p>He said the x-ray unit currently operated with one machine that was old. According to him, ‘when it’s too hot, it goes off. Patients keep patience until it’s cooled.’ </p> <p>He weighed in on the president’s recent pledge to donate 10% of his salary to advance the cause of national development asking whether the president’s donation could help in any way.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">XRay Unit of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gambia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gambia</a>‘s major hospital, <span class="caps">EFSTH</span>, needs help. 1 XRay machine is working n it’s old, when it’s too hot, it goes off. Patients keep patience until it’s cooled. Average price of XRay machine is less than $15k. Hope someone is able to help. Or perhaps <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Barrow?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Barrow</a> 10% will do! <a href="https://t.co/vsmMQrM0VY">pic.twitter.com/vsmMQrM0VY</a></p>— Lamin Jahateh (@LmnJahateh) <a href="https://twitter.com/LmnJahateh/status/1001476603178823680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><span class="caps">EFSTH</span>, formerly the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (<span class="caps">RVTH</span>) was built in 1855 by the British  Government who also provide funds for substantial improvement in facilities. </p> <p>Its operation was improved with the help of the Sister St. Joseph of Cluny in 1903 and subsequently the British Government handed it over to the Gambia Government. </p> <p>Health care is a big deal across most of Africa, more so for a country like the Gambia. The West African country is looking to bounce back from over two decades rule by former leader Yahya Jammeh. </p> <p>At the heart of the current government’s reforms are a look at the political system and human rights and revamping a slumped economy. Jammeh is accused of rights abuses and financial recklessness during his time in charge.</p> <p>Other Gambians weighed in on the issue Lamin raised, below are a few responses:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I have literally just been complaining about the quality of X-rays it produces. Again it’s all down to an issue of maintenance. The newer digital machine has been broken for ages, they used to fly a Senegalese in to fix it at great cost. There are other machines also broken too</p>— Kebba Marenah (@DrKebsun) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrKebsun/status/1001479475291410433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">RVTH</span> needs a highly trained and dedicated Biomedical engineering department. Machines will not last without periodic Preventive maintenance</p>— Kamba (@baxdarboe) <a href="https://twitter.com/baxdarboe/status/1001599480393760768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All our public hospitals need it. We’re probably better of with a central team with different skills sets, servicing all hospitals rather than each hospital having “a guy” on contract as it is at the moment</p>— Kebba Marenah (@DrKebsun) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrKebsun/status/1001599950776602625?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We should purchase direct from manufacture and arrange a training scheme for repairs as part of purchase agreement . Tender trough third parties causes these problems .</p>— Malick A Njie (@bouri_al) <a href="https://twitter.com/bouri_al/status/1001567993111891968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oh my ??‍♀️ we are doom if can’t provide basic health service to our ppl</p>— Haddija Jawara (@kadza) <a href="https://twitter.com/kadza/status/1001591935176531968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">10% salary sacrifice should help address that, it’s an essential tool for the hospital</p>— Ousainou Joof (@burrseen) <a href="https://twitter.com/burrseen/status/1001559931198328832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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