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Supplies and Logistics

DRC Ministry of Public Health takes delivery of health equipment

UNICEF warehouse Kinshasa, DRC: UNICEF Representative, Ms. Bentein presents Minister of Public Health and MoH Directors with medical supplies as part of a $12.4 million project..

10 May, Kinshasa: Minister of Public Health, Dr. Felix Kabange Numbi, received the first batch of hospital equipment and health supplies procured by UNICEF as part of a $12.4 million project funded by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Over the coming months, x-ray machines, ultrasound machines, operating and gynecology tables, solar refrigerators, hospital beds, sphygmomanometers, cardiac ultrasounds and other health materials will be procured by UNICEF and delivered to DRC for distribution to health facilities in 11 provinces. The equipment will cover the needs of 66 general referral hospitals and 330 health centres.

The first of three orders comprising of 130 containers (40 foot) is currently being prepared to be send to DRC and is expected to arrive in DRC in August/September.

In addition, UNICEF technical specialists and suppliers will conduct training for biomedical engineers from the MoH on the assembly, installation and maintenance of the new equipment.

At a symbolic hand over event at the UNICEF warehouse in Kinshasa, the Minister said, "I want to thank all the services of UNICEF for the diligence with which this case was handled. I am pleased to see that in less than a month, a first batch of equipment is already delivered."

UNICEF Representative in DRC, Barbara Bentein, also congratulated and encouraged the Government to continue its efforts to promote the health of mothers and children, and drive down under-5 and maternal mortality in the country.



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