AG report: 31% of the hospital equipment of the Ministry of Health is old and beyond repair

KUALA LUMPUR, September 29 – Almost a third of the medical equipment that is still in use in Ministry of Health (MOH) hospitals is more than two decades old or beyond repair, according to the Auditor General’s latest report.

The 2019 National Audit Report, Round 2, released to Parliament yesterday, said the Ministry of Health did not have its own management system and policy on the use, maintenance and replacement of equipment. medical.

This meant that as of December 31, 2020, 50,452, or 19.6% of all health ministry assets, were over 20 years old and cost R641.59 million. 29,654 (11.5%) additional medical equipment identified as “beyond economic repair” is still used in hospitals.

Meanwhile, 1,373 (0.5%) medical devices purchased for 38.67 million ringgit were withdrawn from the maintenance program of maintenance services in biomedical engineering, even though they have not reached maturity.

There was a total of 309,829 medical equipment as of December 31, 2020, purchased for RM 7.78 billion and used in 159 public hospitals nationwide. The Ministry of Health received an allocation of 1.33 billion ringgit to purchase medical supplies under the 11th Malaysian Plan, of which 1.3 billion ringgit (97.7 percent) was spent. A total of 58,218 (85.5%) medical equipment was still in good condition.

The report also found that eight hospitals do not use the Asset and Service Information System (ASIS). Five hospitals have their own systems, while three do not have a maintenance system.

“Overall, the management of medical equipment by the MOH generally meets the requirement to provide health services to the community.

“However, setting up continuous maintenance programs without specifying an optimal period of use of medical equipment could be detrimental to the government. The cost of maintenance has exceeded the cost of purchasing new devices, as old and obsolete medical equipment is still in use, ”the AG report says.

“In addition, the ASIS system is not being used optimally for making decisions about budget requests, purchasing planning and setting maintenance periods.”

Lillian L. Pena

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