Hyderabad: Maintenance of medical equipment in government hospitals has always frustrated patients and hospital authorities. Almost all the public health institutions in Telangana State have in the past struggled with non-functional high-end medical equipment.
Back in 2015-16, according to the estimates made by State Health and Medical Department, anywhere between 30 per cent and 60 per cent of medical equipment in government hospitals were non-functional.
Defunct medical equipment in government hospitals is known for dragging down the quality of healthcare. Non-availability of diagnostic tests causes a lot of heartburn among patients because they have to incur out of pocket expenditures for tests at private diagnostic clinics.
Considering the gravity of the situation, in the last 18 months, the State health authorities have put in place a system of checks and balances aimed at ensuring medical equipment is available in a working condition.
In the early part of 2017, the Health Department, based on Biomedical Equipment Management and Maintenance Program of National Health Mission (NHM) of Health Ministry, had framed guidelines that are vital for proper…