Posted on :Monday , 6th May 2019
According to Chief Executive Officer of Gradian Health Systems, Mr Stephen Rudy, "the high tech medical equipment, known as Universal Anesthesia Machine (UAM), can generate medical oxygen and work without power."
“The equipment can save valuable time, money and lives during surgery,’’ said Mr Rudy.
A $3million project that was launched on World Health Day, by the government in cooperation with a US-based medical technology company, Gradian Health Systems, benefits 200 health facilities in Tanzania.
The UAM, are part of the broad investment aimed at converting anesthesia care in every region of Tanzania where deaths of pregnant women and newborn children have been ascribed to shortage of working anaesthesia machines and skilled anaesthesiologists.
The goal, according to the government, is to have rural health facilities in the country provide life-saving services to pregnant women with problems and issues, such as C-section surgery.
The government persue to cut down maternal and newborn deaths all over the country via its National Plan II.
"The project has come at an favourable time when the government is pushing for Universal Health Coverage and Primary Healthcare in the country", said, The Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile.
Dr Ndugulile who distinguished the launching of the project in Dar es Salaam, further said, “Currently what we are focusing on is to make sure that services reach the primary level health facilities.”
The lab is a experienced training facility designed for practicing real-world scenarios in a safe learning environment.
According to Gradian Health systems, the simulation lab consists of a certified team of instructors from Muhimbili University of Health and Sallied Sciences (Muhas).
Dr Edwin Lugazia, trainer from MUHAS, says that, "more than 100 medical and users of the UAM are already in practice or completing their education."