The availability of an ultrasound scanning machine at Chitungwiza hospital has brought relief to pregnant women and children with heart problems as they are no longer being referred to private hospitals for further tests.
Patients in Chitungwiza and surrounding areas, with various medical conditions that require the use of an ultrasound scanning machine are now enjoying the convenience of having the machine at a local hospital thanks to the generosity of the Head of State and Government and Commander in Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe, who chipped in and donated some ultrasound scanning machines to government institutions.
Ultra scan sonographers at Chitungwiza hospital Mrs. Dorcas Mutsawo and Abel Karera concurred that the machine has brought relief to the staff as patients are no longer being referred to private hospitals where the process is expensive.
Chitungwiza hospital Chief Executive Dr Obediah Moyo said the hospital has now secured a specialist doctor who is conducting ultrasound scans of the heart called echocardiogram and this has seen a lot of children with heart challenges getting diagnosed at an early age.
Chitungwiza hospital was one of the hospitals that benefitted when President Mugabe donated some ultrasound scanning machines to government institutions.
Before that patients used to go to private hospitals where the costs are usually beyond the reach of many.Â Â Â
According to experts, the scan is painless and takes between 15 to 45 minutes, depending on which part of the body is being examined. A record of the results of the test can be made as still pictures or as a video recording.
A scan also helps to monitor the growth of an unborn child and can detect abnormalities of heart structures such as the heart valves among other uses.