There is hope for cancer patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi Araba, as its Linear Accelerator (LINAC) machine will soon be repaired.
The machine broke down in the first week of July because of adulterated diesel.
Also damaged were two generators in the cancer department and the one at K Block.
The world’s largest radio therapy company, Elektra, is handling the repair.
Its country representative ,JNCI (Turnkey Medical Equipment Services), is assessing the damage
JNCI Managing Director Mrs Clare Omatseye said: “Our priority now is to get the LINAC working straight away because we use it for a minimum of 82 to 100 patients daily.
“The Federal Government and LUTH community are concerned about the damaged machine.
“Three levels of power supply to the LINAC will be in place- the National Grid, hospital generator and dedicated generators.
“Also an online medical grid UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) i.e 160 KVA with 101 Battery backup will be put up.
“The on-line medical grid will deliver constant online waves.
“It has internal regulator to checkmate any fluctuation from the hospital generator or the National Grid.
“It will help to supply energy to the LINAC for up to two days, should anything happen to any of the three levels or all of the three levels of power supply.
“That means any patient that is booked for the day can still be attended to.”
Of the eight cancer machines in the country, only the ones in Abuja and Sokoto are functional.
A source at LUTH said many cancer patients have died because they could not go to Abuja or Sokoto.
The source said: “Our worry here at LUTH is that nothing has been done to the supplier of the diesel either by the management or the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government should unmask him before further damage is done.”
Head of Department Prof. Remi Ajekigbe said he could not comment on the matter.
He said: “We have recommended to the government that no cancer centre should have less than two cancer machines.”
Source: The Nation Nigeria