Over the years Lacor Hospital has become a major and complex health care facility. The Infrastructure Chapter gives crucial support to the hospital, ensuring safe water and electricity supplies, a good waste management system, incinerators, and building maintenance.
Dr. Davidson would also like to have more monitors for the control of heart, blood pressure and other vital signs in theatre and ICU; monitors are currently missing from two of the six operating theatres.
According to the WHO, more than half of medical equipment donated to Africa no longer functions within 6 months of donation. That’s why it is important to consult the hospital on its need and capacity for operating specific equipment before considering a donation of hospital equipment. Furthermore, donated medical equipment resembles an iceberg: the cost of purchase and expedition is the visible emerged part, but year after year the hospital must face the additional submerged costs for equipment maintenance.
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