COA scores Pasig city over defective hospital equipment
State auditors called out the attention of the Pasig city government over the unused and defective hospital equipment at the Pasig City General Hospital (PCGH) in 2015.
In a 2016 report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the city programmed the renovation of the PCGH which started in July 2015 and to be completed in 2017.
At least P143,899,917.76 was spent to purchase 13 high-value hospital equipment, four of which worth P42.157 million were found functional, while nine items worth P64.657 million were either shelved or remained uninstalled because of the ongoing renovation.
These uninstalled or shelved equipment “have not been in use but was found to be no longer in good condition or defective, or needs maintenance and supplies to maximize use, or functional but rarely used,” the auditors said.
Auditors noted the following observations – hospital equipment worth P31,295,028.88 were not yet used, still in their crates, unwrapped and remained uninstalled since their acquisition in 2015 because of the ongoing renovation; the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) has not been in use but was pulled out for repair and/or replacement of lenses due to mold formations, which could affect the accuracy of diagnosis; two hospital equipment worth P10.8 million were functional but were found wanting of maintenance and supplies; three equipment totaling P17.112 million were found in the station at the PCCH but were either not yet used or rarely used because there were no medical cases for using these.
“The effective and efficient use of the hospital equipment in the delivery of health services were hampered or not maximized on account of the factors and instances discussed above,” auditors said.
“Newly-acquired machines have remained idle, or have become defective, like the case of the OCT. After a period of time, the equipment depreciates and diminishes its value,” they added.
The poor state of equipment resulted in the diminution of economic benefits or service potential of the assets, additional storage costs, running warranty and depreciation charges, and damage that may be caused by the renovation or construction, auditors said.
“All these circumstances and current trends observed during the audit tainted the realization of an economical, efficient and effective use of the hospital equipment in carrying out the City’s vision of providing quality health services,” the auditors said.
The COA recommended relocating the machines while the renovation is ongoing, and to properly time the procurement to maximize the service potential of the equipment and to avoid additional costs from damages.
The COA also recommended regularly replenishing supplies needed to operate the machines, and to promote awareness among the constituents about the health services and equipment of the hospital to promote its use.