Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Protecting the health and wellness of our families is important to us and in this spirit, The World Federation of KSIMC is urging community members worldwide to help fund a new digital x-ray machine for the Ebrahim Haji Charitable Health Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The X-Ray Department at the Health Centre is open 6 days a week, 12 hours a day. Physicians use x-rays to help diagnose disease and injury so that they can then chart out the best course of treatment for their patients.
At present, the Health Centre is faced with the challenge of balancing a limited budget and the pressing need for a fully functioning and reliable x-ray machine. With the number of x-rays performed at the clinic increasing day by day, the current machine has become old and often does not work, compromising the health and well being of so many patients.
With your support, the Ebrahim Haji Charitable Health Centre can purchase a new digital x-ray machine that will allow the clinic to continue its commitment to delivering quality health care and at the same time, stay on top of the latest advances in medical technology for the benefit of the community in Tanzania. The key to progress is in your hands.
The Ebrahim Haji Charitable Health Centre operates under the ambit of the Central Medical Board of the KSI Jamaat of Dar Es Salaam. This health care centre was established in 1959 when the family of late Ebrahim Juma Haji donated the building for a Primary Health Care Centre (dispensary).
Over the years, this facility has grown into a health care facility providing various medical services to our community members and the general public. Recently, the clinic introduced new services to its patients which included advanced diagnostics and laboratory services. Furthermore, a radiologist and a pediatrician joined the clinic staff to facilitate these new services.
PROBLEMS WITH THE CURRENT X-RAY MACHINE
One area of the clinic which needs immediate attention is the X-Ray department which is currently running an old Fujitsu X-Ray machine. Some of the major challenges of this 13 year old piece of equipment include:
• Unavailability of parts
• Regular breakdown
• Increased cost of maintenance
• Inconvenience to our patients when the machine is out of order
Despite the fact that the Centre had to send some of is patients to other clinics for x-ray services from time to time in 2007, a total of 3,051 X-rays were conducted. By 2008, the number of x-rays increased by 6.4% resulting in 3,246 X-rays and in 2009 there was an increase of 36.6% resulting in 4,437 X-rays. The need for an up-to-date, reliable and efficient x-ray machine is evident and the current piece of equipment is no longer able to meet its demands.
PROPOSED NEW X-RAY MACHINE
Following the advice received from field experts and the Centre’s radiologist, the Central Medical Board approved for a replacement of the old X-Ray machine with a new Philips PCR Eleva Digital X-Ray, which is now commonly used and operating in some Hospitals in Tanzania. Some of the advantages that this new machine offers include:
• Technical service backup and training provided by a Philips agent in Tanzania;
• Images from x-rays can be sent directly to the attending doctor’s computer;
• Digital x-rays can be easily sent to other physicians, consultants or specialists abroad, particularly for any urgent case reviews.
With respect to this last point, the Central Medical Board has already arranged partnerships between the Ebrahim Haji Charitable Health Centre and hospitals in India who have agreed to provide consultation and specialist services to the doctors at the Centre.
DONORS NEEDED TO FUND NEW MACHINE
After careful negotiations with the supplier of the Philips PCR Eleva Digital X-Ray, the full cost of this new machine is USD $98,000.
This cost includes:
• Freight to Dar Es Salaam
• one year manufacturer’s warranty
This cost excludes:
• External electrical stabilizer
• Renovations of the X-Ray room to accommodate the new machine
To date, USD $40,000 of the USD $98,000 needed to fund the machine has been raised locally in Africa. The Ebrahim Haji Charitable Health Centre is short USD $58,000 for the new digital x-ray machine it so desperately needs. Good health care is critical to the well being of all of humanity and The World Federation is urging donors from around the world help fund the shortfall for this new piece of equipment.
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