DOH to probe idle P42.6-M hospital equipment

Posted at 01/04/13 3:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health will look into some P42.6-million worth of equipment and other facilities reportedly lying idle in various government hospitals, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Friday.

According to a 2011 report of the Commission on Audit (COA), such government properties have not been utilized due to defects, incompatibility and lack of manpower training.

The COA report claimed that the P9.6-million fire safety and protection project equipment of the Philippine Orthopedic Center had not been used.

It added that P7.1-million worth of laboratory equipment for processing of histopath specimen at the Tondo Medical Center had also not been used since 2002 due to lack of personnel.

State auditors, therefore, urged the DOH to determine the appropriate action to ensure that government funds would not be wasted.

"Hindi ko pa nababasa 'yang report subalit titingnan ko agad 'yan. Ito minsan ang problema natin. Minsan may mga nao-order, after some time nasisira. Kalimitan nasisiraan ng parts tapos 'di na ma-replace, lalo na 'pag ang equipment ilang taon na o out of model na," Ona said.

"After five years, ni hindi ka na makabili ng parts na importante dun and before you know it, 'di na nga nagagamit. Nangyayari talaga 'yan," he added.

The health secretary said he will make sure all concerned hospitals will be investigated to determine if the equipment can still be used.
"Titingnan natin 'yan at kung alin ang pwedeng magamit pa," he said. With The Philippine Star