At Gulu RRH, Rachael Musasizi, a biomedical engineering technician was recruited in August 2013 with assistance from USAID SUSTAIN project. By November 2013, Racheal had demonstrated leadership in repairing broken equipment, servicing and training staff on the proper use and maintenance of available medical equipment.
“I am grateful because I see most equipment coming to life. Rachael has gone as far as repairing theatre beds, lights, computers, anesthetic machines and equipment which was dormant,” said Sister Margaret Odokonyero – Senior Principal Nursing Officer, Gulu RRH.
|An Anesthetic machine now in use at Gulu RRH after its repair by the biomedical engineering technician|
Rachael’s presence has resulted in use of innovative and cost effective methods to ensure functionality of previously broken down equipment. For example, the hospital’s Echocardiography machine had been out of use since 2008 after its monitor screen stopped working. It required up to 20 million shillings to replace it with a new one, and the hospital was still working at raising the funds at the time Racheal was recruited. She worked with other technicians and a physician to provide a temporary solution (replaced the spoilt monitor with a computer monitor, and now the machine works perfectly as before).
Other equipment that have been repaired include an X-ray viewer for the orthopedic theater, the vital signs monitor, a pulse oximeter, an oxygen concentrator, and an anesthetic machine.
Ensuring optimum functionality of Regional Medical Equipment Maintenance Workshops is a cost-effective and sure way of ensuring longevity of biomedical equipment, and hence better quality health services and improved patient outcomes.
Rachael Musasizi, a biomedical engineering technician at Gulu Regional Medical Equipment Workshop operating an Echo machine that had been out of use for five years. She replaced the spoilt monitor with a computer monitor.
By SUSTAIN team with contributions from Julian Natukunda, Communications Specialist, Augustin Muhwezi, Deputy Chief of Party, and Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist - URC