Maintenance of medical equipment to be outsourced at DHQ, THQ hospitals

Muhammad Suleman

Lahore—After failing to maintain the maintenance and repair of medical equipment at public hospitals, the Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHCD) has decided to outsource repair works of life saving equipments of all District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQs) and Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs). In this regards P&SHCD has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) form suitable foreign/international and notional credible firms. The selected firm/organization will send their Technical Persons/Biomedical Engineers to each health facility for compiling the data of machines before initiating the maintaining & repairing of the equipment.
Well placed sources in P&SHC department said that scores costly essential lives saving medical equipments were lying dysfunctional in public hospitals for years causing problems for the poor patients. Malfunction of machinery has become a routine due to several issues. Currently each THQs and DHQs hospitals makes contract with private firms for maintenance and repair of costly equipments. Due to delay in singing contract machinery were being laid out of order.
After witnessing embarrassing situation P&SHC department has decided to engage third party to maintain & repair the medical equipments in 36 Districts of the Punjab Province. Firms would be awarded contract for 27 DHQs and 101 THQ Hospitals. All Anesthesia Machines, Ventilators and Dialysis Machines would be handed over for repair.

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