By Ocitti Robert

GULU-More appeals have been made to ensure that the fundraising efforts to acquire a Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan machine for St. Mary’s Hospital, Lacor succeed. The Central Organizing Committee (COC) for the 2019 Northern Uganda CT scan project has been challenged to broaden its mobilization strategies for the funds if the more than 3-billion shillings is to be realized within the set time frame.

Samuel Odonga Otto, the Member of Parliament for Aruu Constituency assures the COC members of his willingness to coordinate the other new fundraising strategies. “I would advise that you specifically request the archbishop to invite an OG of Mary Immaculate school, Hon. Achiro Lucy Otim”, Odonga advised, “she’s done fundraisings within parliament because we have that culture. If she’s given that instrument, I can assure you in less than 30-days you will even realise more money”.

Delivering the dummy cheque at the archbishop’s residence (L-R: Deputy CJ Owiny-Dollo, MP Odonga-Otto, Msgr Odong, Dr. Opira and two other well-wishers)

Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo has called upon everyone in Acholi-land to heed to this noble cause. “this billion of shillings is nothing if we stand up and say we can. If every household rises up and takes the challenge then we can because we are the immediate beneficiaries”, Owiny-Dollo said. On expanding outside the catchment area of Lacor Hospital, he said, “we can then expand to Lira, Arua, Karamoja and South Sudan”. Dr. Cyprian Opira, the executive director of St. Mary’s hospital Lacor welcomed new ideas and strategies that will enable them realize the more than 3 billion shillings budget for the purchase and installation of the CT scan as soon as possible.

A modern CT scan image

Gulu Archbishop John Baptist Odama who is also the chairperson Board of Governors Lacor Hospital and the chairperson COC for the CT scan project termed this as God’s project and he expects it to be the 2020 New Year’s gift for the people of Northern Uganda. His speech was read by Monsignor Mathew Odong, the rector of Sacred Heart Minor Seminary Lacor during the presentation of 11-million shillings contribution by the Acholi Think Tank (ATT) towards the acquisition of the machine.  the cheque was handed over to the COC for the Project by the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo. ATT is a social media platformed comprised of a section of Acholi elites.  It’s comprised of among others high profile influential musicians, legislators, doctors, business entrepreneurs, district chairpersons and Acholi personalities living abroad.  In September this year, Lacor hospital in partnership with Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative launched the 3.1 billion shillings’ initiative to purchase a high-resolution128 slices CT scan. The fundraising drive was flagged off by Archbishop Odama. This initiative comes at a time when Acholi sub region is grappling with high cancer incidents amidst the in adequate facilities to handle them. All patients recommended for CT scan in the region are currently referred to Kampala.

Why CT scan?

Doctors may recommend a CT scan to help diagnose muscle and bone disorders, such as bone tumors and fractures. The machine also pinpoints the location of a tumor, infection or blood clot thus guiding procedures such as surgery, biopsy and radiation therapy.

A computerized tomography (CT) or computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan combines data from several X-rays to produce a detailed image of structures inside the body. CT scans produce 2-dimensional images of a “slice” or section of the body, but the data can also be used to construct 3-dimensional images. End