The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has launched investigations into how MRI and CT scan machines at five major government hospitals have become non-functional for extended lengths of time.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, revealed EOCO is probing the contractors that installed the machines at the hospitals.
“They have not completed their investigations so we haven’t gotten any report from them yet,” the Minister said.
The Minister said initial investigations have revealed that the non-functional machines have been reported across the country.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
“There is one in Ho. The Cape Coast one was donated by Presidents Mills’ efforts to get an MRI here and they didn’t finish installation and the thing was down and they haven’t used it before. There is one in Kumasi and I think it works and breaks off and things like that,” he said.
He said the situation was unfortunate because the machines were purchased with "very big loans" that were contracted to retool hospitals across the country.
The breakdown of the MRI and CT scan machines compelled people to fall on private hospitals for the scans, usually at higher costs.