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Cancer patients in the country may encounter challenges accessing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines for diagnosis and subsequent treatments.

This is because four out of the only seven MRI Machines in the country have broken down.

“Mr Speaker, when it comes to functionality, there are only four out of these seven which are functional now,” he said on Thursday.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has revealed that all attempts to repair the machines have not been successful.

He made these comments while answering questions from Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi.

Addressing MPs, the Minister hinted that the government is procuring new MRI Scan Machines that can withstand weather conditions in the country.

“The non-functional one located in Tamale Teaching Hospital has been down since 2016. There is in the Ho Teaching Hospital which has been down since 2015. We are thinking of replacing the one also in Ho Teaching Hospital,” he explained.

He added that medical officers including “doctors and biological engineers are advising that these machines should be replaced rather than the continuous repairs.”