Brand new equipment, same old problems

Dr. Opiyo Anselmy chief medical specialist and head of Cancer treatment centre explains the features of Linear Accelerator Radiotherapy Unit during an interview with Business Daily on February 1, 2013 at Kenyatta National Hospital Nairobi. Kenya will become the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to use the Managed Equipment Model (MES) model to procure and manage equipment. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU

What you need to know:

  • Data from the Health Management Information System indicate that as at 2013, there were only 8,682 registered doctors, a mere two doctors for every 10,000 people.
  • A solution to Dr Nyaim’s fear can be drawn from Didier Bonnet’s article titled Convincing Employees to Use New Technology that appeared in the Harvard  Business Review on September 9, last year.
  • However, should ‘later’ never come, Bonnet predicts a destructive chain of response:  failure of overall adoption—including filling the aforementioned cracks in healthcare — will breed negativism that can spread through the healthcare workers.

The recently launched Sh38 billion medical equipment project has placed Kenya’s health-care system on the global platform.

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