Healey International Relief Foundation has trained twenty-six Biomedical Technicians on Basic Medical Equipment Maintenance.
In-country Manager of Healey International Relief Foundation, Ishmeal Alfred Charles said after many assessments, they learnt that the country is spending so much money on equipment and once they have minor break-downs they throw them away and trying to replace them saying such could be expensive.
He said as a way to promote a preventive maintenance culture and repairs, the Foundation will equip Biomedical Technicians in their various health facilities across the country on basic medical equipment maintenance.
The In-country Manager informed that this is not the first time they are coming to Sierra Leone to help fix machines and they are delighted that they are making such happen.
He maintained that prior to the commencement of the workshop the technicians visited and repaired machines at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Kindoya Hospital in Bo and Mercy Hospital in Bo.
In all those hospitals several equipment such as urine analyzers, audiogram, oxygen concentrators, monitors, baby warmer and many more were maintenance.
A Board Member of Healey International, Moses Baryoh, said that there is no school in Sierra Leone that teaches biomedical engineering, of which he added that it in that regard that the Foundation deemed it fit to organise such a training programme for technicians in the country.
He said the training will strengthen the healthcare system in the country through technology adding that the training will also lend a support to healthcare facilities by providing the basic knowledge on Basic Medical Equipment Maintenance to technicians in various health facilities in the country.
Moses Baryoh maintained that at the end of the training these technicians’ understanding of the subject matter will be deepened in order for them to build confidence to do their work.