Written by Tah Peter Fomonyuy
The Administration of Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH) has acquired two modern Ultrasound machines, one for the hospital and the other for Ngounso Baptist Health Centre. The much needed equipment has cost the hospital USD 60,500 (which is about FCFA 35 million) according to Mr. Kangong Joce, BBH Administrator.
While the Sonosite Ultrasound machine for BBH was dedicated and put into use on May 6, 2016, that for her satellite health centre in Ngounso was still pending dedication. Also, the printers for both machines were still pending arrival; however, the machines will be put into use in the meantime with the technicians getting the ultrasound results to doctors in writing.
Speaking during the dedication ceremony, the BBH Administrator said it has been a major challenge for the hospital operating on a single Ultrasound machine for some time now. He added that the lone Ultrasound machine acquired in 2013 was already being over used. He said it was very necessary to have a second one to ensure continuity of care and to reduce patients waiting time in the hospital. He continued that the new modern ultrasound machine was acquired, thanks to sourcing bythe Samaritan Purse.
The Head of X-ray/Ultrasound Services in the CBC Health Services, Mr. Kanjo George said the new Ultrasound machines manufactured during the Gulf war have been fashioned to withstand the test of time as they are portable and difficult to break even if they fall. He noted that besides other technical components, the machines have a paediatric option that will help in diagnosing cardiac complications in children.
In a devotional thought culled from Psalm 136:1-3 and Deuteronomy 8:18, BBH Head Chaplain, Ps. Fungoh Godwin revealed that it is the duty of every Christian to give thanks to God in every situation because He owns everything and will provide all our needs according to his riches in glory.
The Ultrasound machine for Ngounso Baptist Health Centre was the first for the centre that has been witnessing serious growth and looking forward to being transformed into a functional hospital. Mr. Kangong said this was the right step towards upgrading the level of healthcare the health centre offers to the populace. He stated that they want to raise the stakes in healthcare provision among other health facilities in Ngounso health area. He hopes that with the upcoming postings and transfers, appropriate staff will be available to effectively operate the new machines.
The BBH Administrator recently led a delegation to Ngounso Baptist Health Centre with the objective of building momentum of staff ahead of the upgrading of services. Mr. Kangong rejoiced that with the robust solar energy system that has been put in place to supply sufficient power, operating the new equipment will not be a problem. He said with the new machine and others like the Chemistry machine which they are hoping to acquire, a resident doctor who is expected to be stationed in Ngounso Baptist Health Centre will have enough diagnostic equipment to work with.
“We are expecting to get some of the equipment for the health centre through donations as we look forward to its being upgraded into a full-fledged hospital,” averred Mr. Kangong. He went further to explain that the upgrading of the health centre into a hospital will depend on how good or bad the outcome of the ongoing investments will be.