Patients in dire need of MRI and CT scans are being turned away from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital hospital’s MRI & CT scan Centre when checks were made on Monday, February 25, 2019.
According to officials at the centre, patients were turned away because, the machines were not ready for use.
This comes less than a week after the hospital re-commissioned the same repaired MRI machines, X-rays and CT scanning machines.
The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mustapha Salifu, explained that the holdup had nothing to do with the machines but rather, a payment tracking setback.
“The machines are in perfect working order as we speak now but we need to do some linkages between the machines and the payment system,” he said.
He added that the centre would become functional by close of the week. He stated emphatically that “by Wednesday, it would be in good working order.”
The MRI and CT scan machines at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had been out of use for several months, and the repair works and re-commissioning were long overdue.
But dozens of patients and their caregivers were denied access to the service on Monday.
This meant that patients with conditions like multiple sclerosis, stroke, heart diseases, brain aneurysms, cancer, and brain injuries, had to either return to their homes or seek these services from private facilities at a higher cost.
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