Five-year plan to enhance biomedical services equipment

The Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services HQ. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services is working on a five-year replacement plan to enhance biomedical services equipment.

This was revealed by the centre’s acting head Jeremaia Mataika before the Parliament Public Accounts Committee in Suva yesterday.

At the same time, he said they were also exploring the latest biomedical equipment in the world.

“The selection of equipment is always considered on the value for money, we consider the cost benefits of the machines, one that can provide the functions we require,” Mr Mataika said.

He added the health ministry had a process in place for the evaluation of the purchase of biomedical equipment.

However, the Office of the Auditor-General director of audit Finau Nagera said a document should be provided to the ministry’s management or the permanent secretary before and after every procurement of biomedical equipment such as written evidence.

Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro said the health ministry should address the issue of delay in tender processes of procuring these equipment.

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