Handover of X-Ray Equipment to Beit CURE Hospital in Lusaka

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 On 28th April 2017, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, handed over X-ray equipment to Beit CURE Hospital in Lusaka. This project was implemented by the scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project with the grant for this case amounting to 91,138 US Dollars. The event was attended by about 40 people including Ambassador Sobashima, Mr. Christopher Shakafuswa, Lusaka City Councillor, Dr. Giorgio Lastroni, Acting Executive Director, Beit CURE Hospital, and Mr. Anton Meyer, representing, FUJI FILM South Africa.

 Beit CURE Hospital conducts about 1,600 surgeries every year, of various diseases including hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy, and for children it conducts surgeries free of charge, among its other activities.

 However, as the X-ray equipment it possessed was of an analogue type which had been used for a number of years, its staff had to develop the X-ray images manually in a darkroom, and the patients had to wait for a long time for them. The images produced were not as clear as these made using the latest technologies.

 Under the circumstances, at the urgent of Beit CURE Hospital, the Government of Japan decided to provide the grant assistance to improve X-ray equipment of the Hospital. The equipment procured was made by a Japanese company FUJI FILM. Thus FUJI FILM South Africa installed the equipment and offered its application training, free of charge, among other contributions.

 With the completion of this project, the quality of the surgeries at Beit CURE Hospital will improve, among other achievements, as high definition X-ray images will be produced in a much shorter time without the trouble of work in a darkroom.

  To read the speech made by Ambassador Sobashima at this ceremony, please click here.