LANCET Clinical Laboratories are expecting new equipment to be at it its centres across the country soon in a move that is set to revolutionize diseases diagnostics in the country.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
With depots in almost every province in Zimbabwe, the organisation which commenced operations in 2010 intends to replace its equipment for that used has surpassed its time of five years.
The organisation which boasts of local and regional International Organisation of Standards (ISO) certification, says they have state of the art equipment.
We usually don’t buy equipment but we do rentals. The reason being that if you buy equipment, it means you have to keep it forever. So there are no system or software, hardware upgrades. That can only happen when you are doing rentals. So that is done by the companies that we rent from.
“At the end of five years, all machines are obsolete. Then we get the engineers to do the updates,” said the company’s General Manager Mrs Grace Ramhewa at a media tour of their premises.
She said, “We are just replacing this year our equipment at all our outposts. We have a consignment coming soon to be put at all our stations. We purchased the equipment sometime in November last year and it will be landing here soon.”
Lancet Chief Executive Officer Dr Charles Muronda explained the rationale for renting equipment.
“Technology is changing all the time. So imagine investing a million dollars on a piece of equipment that is going to be obsolete in five years. That’s not a good investment. The modern way is to get the supplier to put the equipment in your institution and as the technology changes, they replace the e equipment and give you the more updated equipment and the circle just goes on,” he said.
The Laboratory undergoes rigorous quality assessment externally and internally