GOVERNMENT will this week float a Real Time Gross Settlement dollar (RTGS$) tender for supply of medical equipment to the country’s hospitals.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
This follows an RTGS$80 million worth of medicines secured from local companies that provided invoices in RTGS$ for drugs. Health and Child Care Minister is upbeat this method can be replicated for medical equipment.
He made these remarks last Friday during a medical equipment donation at Harare Central Hospital.
“So we are now going to go to tender requesting for bids to be in RTGS$ for equipment we want to be able to replenish all our healthcare institutions. And if we managed to do it with medicines, Im sure the same formula will work for equipment. That is what we are going to be doing starting next week, I have given that instruction,” he said.
He said this method came as a way to circumvent the forex shortage crippling the healthcare system.
“We have also on our own managed to work out means and ways of getting medicines and I was just saying in the briefing room that irrespective of the shortage of foreign currency we realised that this has caused a serious shortage in terms of medical equipment,” Dr Moyo said.
Speaking before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care last week, Dr Moyo said government was making strides in ensuring that health facilities had adequate medical supplies.
“We are thankful for the interbank rate of 2,5% which has enabled us to make quotations in RTGS dollars. We have been able to buy supplies worth RTGS$80 million and they are being transported to NatPharm for accountability purposes,” he said.
Most public hospitals are now relying on donors for the equipment. The situation is dire as they either have obsolete, faulty or non functioning equipment requiring money for repairs