Malawi hospitals get a reason to smile after 3 years
How does it feel not having to turn patients away? The smile son the faces of health workers of two central hospitals in Malawi answered my question. For 3 years, boxes of expensive equipment have been sitting in the Zomba and Kamuzu Central Hospitals because there’s been no one to install them.
It was such a delight to see the excitement on the faces of the healthcare workers when our team finished our work. Medical equipment such as ultrasound machines, anesthesia machines, cardiocap anesthesia monitor, infant warmer, care plus incubator and patient monitors have lying idle all these years, till the MediQuip Global team reached the sites.
The equipment was donated by GE Foundation and as with all such machines, it needed the experience biomedical engineers to set it up. We arrived there with our partners Assist International. It took us 2 days to install and test the machines. The hospital staff didn’t waste any time and were using the machines as soon as they were up and running.
What is unique to MediQuip Global, a social enterprise that CPHD launched earlier this year, is its full menu of services for clinics, private and public, military and research facilities in need of medical equipment repairs and /or installation, and the training services it offers for free. All this came in handy for these two hospitals in Malawi.
Everybody was excited to take part in the training in proper use and maintenance of the equipment. We are happy that more lives will be saved at these facilities. Knowledge in the use and care of equipment increases the life of equipment and returns on investment by providing reliable service to patients.
It is for these reasons that we ensure that the clients receive training and technical assistance in equipment operation and maintenance. We do this through onsite training, as it happened in Malawi and through follow-ups.
It was a great feeling after helping two hospitals get out of a fix they had been on for three years. Everybody was excited to learn and use the new machines. They were confident that more patients would benefit from the newly installed machines and technology and that more lives would be saved.
(Anthony is the Technical and Operations Director, MediQuip Global)