Region 9 now has a digital X-ray Machine which will save time and millions of dollars compared to that of the traditional X-ray practice, the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported yesterday,
Purchased at approximately $8M by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of the Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region 9), the residents of the region are expected to benefit from the equipment as well as persons from neighbouring Brazil.
The equipment, which will be installed at the Lethem Regional Hospital, is a big improvement to X-ray services in the region, DPI said.
“With this unit, we are hoping to move away from some of the consumables like X-ray films and fluids pertaining to the imaging process,” said Regional Health Officer (ag), Dr. Naail Uthman.
“This reduces the need to be spending millions of dollars per year because when we might need to buy X-ray films, it might not be available. The fluids associated may not be available; they can expire, so the digital X-ray eliminates the need for all of that”, he added.