Two Ultrasound Machines
Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso
Completed in 2006
Project Managers: Gita Larson and Ron Wasson
At the request of the Medical Centre’s medical director in Ogbomoso, NFW purchased and sent two badly-needed ultrasound machines. They replaced ones that had been in use since about 1970.
An ultrasound machine makes non-invasive images so that organs inside the body can be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body parts; a computer receives the waves and uses them to create a picture. The machine is used to diagnose causes of pain, swelling and infection, and to examine a fetus in pregnancy.
Gita Larson of the NFW Council researched available equipment and purchased the best choice, which was taken to Obgomoso by Dr. Andy Norman in 2005. The next year a second machine was donated to NFW, and Council member Ron Wasson helped pack it in a shipping container in space was generously offered to NFW by another group sending equipment to Nigeria.
“These ultrasound machines replace ones that we had been using for over thirty years. They greatly enhance our quality of care the hospital provides, and boost our capacity to generate additional income.”