TVET Centre for Medical Equipment Technology: Maintenance Training Repair Services and Operation

Ahmed Mohammed Gedel, Paul Goddey Gablah


This conceptual TVET project, envisioned the establishment of TVET centre which would focused on providing middle level TVET programme on highly demanded subject, i.e. Medical Equipment technology (Medical equipment maintenance, repairs, operations, training and services) with a capacity of providing repair and maintenance for more than 2000 assorted medical equipment, and further expand its programme on demand base. The project aim is to create job opportunities for 1150 persons in a period of five (5) years, at an average of 230 students per annum to be train as medical equipment technicians. Maintenance and repairs of medical equipment requires a wide range of technical abilities, and the costs and time required to train a technician increase markedly with the level of skill that has to be attained. The lack of middle level manpower, for instance, was found to be bottleneck for development, and as one of the measures to alleviate this problem, technical and vocational training programs have been created in a large number of countries from 1970 onwards. Experience in many developing countries in Africa, particularly Ghana, has revealed that training of technicians to a high level of skills is very expensive. Therefore, the approach for the training of technicians is to do front- line maintenance, for medical equipment in health facilities and delivers benefits to a larger population, supporting primary health care, by servicing large volume of essential medical equipment in a widely distributed health facilities in the capital city and other parts of regional and district administrations. The envisioned Centre therefore, includes provision of services like maintenance training, and repair of medical equipment, focusing on building sustainable technical capacity, implementing transparent & pragmatic systems, while focusing on the preventative care and safe usage of medical equipment.

Keywords: Equipment, Microplate, Spectrum

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