A local health organisation, Operation Smile Malawi, is training about 12 biomedical engineers from the country’s hospitals on corrective maintenance of hospital equipment.
Speaking in an interview on Saturday during the induction training held in Lilongwe, Operation Smile Country director Desiree Mhango said biomedical engineers play a crucial role in improving health service delivery saying there was need to build their capacity.
“When we visit many hospitals, we usually find non-functional equipment because of lack of capacity of these biomedical engineers to maintain them,” she said.
Mhango added, “We therefore thought of supporting these biomedical engineers as a component of service delivery within the hospitals where they will need more equipment to be used to actually support the services in hospitals.”
Director of Health Technical Support Services in the Ministry of Health, Godfrey Kadewere, said a lot of money is invested in equipment and there was need to maintain them.
Kadewere said, ” When equipment has been acquired it has to be functional. As an asset it has to be looked after and be maintained routinely hence we need to invest in preventive and corrective maintainance.”
He said it was imperative that biomedical engineering services were working properly adding that this would translate to improved health services delivery.
Kadewere then thanked the organisation for the gesture saying the online training would help make a difference in the health sector.
One of the trainees, Omega Mitinda, a biomedical engineer from Zomba Central Hospital said the training will help them apply the skills and improve where they had some deficiencies.
“The tool kit that we have received will be very influential when we are carrying out our day to day work of corrective and preventive equipment maintainance. We are very much thankful to Operation Smile for the training, ” he said.
By Kondwani Kandiado