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The Ministry of Health has set up an Equipment Performance Taskforce (EPTF), in an effort to develop a framework for the optimal use of medical equipment and to help standardise the equipment procurement process.

Making his contribution to the 2012/13 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 11, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the proposed policy framework will guide the management of medical equipment in the public health sector.

He noted that the policy will also seek to: provide the overarching framework for the development of operating, preventative maintenance and equipment replacement procedures which, when implemented, will ensure that the established equipment performance standards are maintained.

Additionally, it will seek to recommend training for the personnel who will operate the equipment; strengthen the existing mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on the performance of medical equipment, including a database of medical equipment; and guide the development of a list of the minimum medical equipment required for the effective delivery of primary care and dental health services.

Dr. Ferguson further informed that on the recommendation of the Taskforce, the Ministry applied for, and received permission from the National Contracts Commission (NCC) to standardise on the manufacturer for X-Ray equipment, autoclaves and patient monitors.

 

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter