Allan Galpin gets Shs 50m machine

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Zac Tamale, the senior laboratory technician at Allan Galpin Health Centre, operates the new machine (on his right) through a computer.

BY ALEX TAREMWA

Allan Galpin Health Centre has set itself new target following the acquisition of a first of its kind, GYAN laboratory chemistry analyser at a cost of about Shs 50m.

The fully-automated, Belgian-made equipment with standard control that can test over 20 laboratory samples at ago, will, in the words of Zac Tamale, a laboratory technician at Allan Galpin, boost the diagnosis of patients and cut on the number of staff and student referrals the clinic makes to external, more sophiscated hospitals.

“With this machine, we can monitor variations in hypertension, blood
pressure, cholesterol and fat, bone profiles, blood calcium and iron in the
body,” Tamale explained.

In addition to the above list, the machine has the capacity to also look into
liver, kidney and heart related complications. This development comes at an opportune moment when Uganda Christian University (UCU) has unleashed plans of running a medical school in conjunction with Mengo Hospital.

The Allan Galpin Director of Health Services, Dr Geoffrey Mulindwa, said
the new acquisition, coupled with the expertise and know-how that the
centre currently boasts, will help the community around the university
considering that it is the first of its kind in Mukono.
“The clinic now has the capacity to carry out diagnosis on body organs like the liver, kidney and to assist clinicians improve on diagnosis and treatment planning,” he said.

Mulindwa added that “this will, to some extent, reduce on referrals for investigations, improve on timely decision-making to have better outcomes and cut the cost considering that UCU plans to delve into medical education and integrating faith service and learning.”

Its operation temperature is 37 degrees Celsius and has a high precision
diluter with an automatic probe wash cycle in between tests to avoid cross-contamination.

Mulindwa is confident the white piece of gadgetry, which is the size of an HP LazerJet 5200 dtn printer, that is only operational when connected to a computer, would help his staff do many blood chemistry tests for the liver kidney, heart, bone and lipid profiles.

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