Up country hospitals are struggling to diagnose and treat deep vein blood clot among accident and hospitalised patients due to lack of facilities.
Medical workers in the region say government should invest in such facilities to make treatment of the condition much more affordable and accessible as cases of cancer, obesity and road accidents become common by day.
They argue that as more women deliver in hospitals with many hospitalised patients, creating awareness, prompt diagnosis and treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) should become a major health care priority.
Dr. Jackson Kansiime, the head of department of internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu district says most facilities in the area struggle to promptly diagnose and treat deep vein internal blood clot due to lack of facilities.
Dr. Kansiime says with every one in three hospitalised patients developing blood clot, prevention and proper management is critical in preventing DVT and loss of life.
Dr. Kansiime says making the requisite facilities accessible to the population will boost enjoyment of health as a human right and eliminate preventable deaths from the non-communicable disease.
Dr. Kansiime explains that DVT occurs when smooth flow of blood is hindered by the rupture of the interior surface of blood vessels transporting blood towards the heart or lung.
He says this happens for three major reasons including slowdown of blood flow, abnormality in clotting factors and integrity of blood vessels.