JRA University Hospital Antananarivo: an example of the modernisation of a public hospital

The Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona UniversityHospital is implementing its modernisation policies, which also mark its 40th anniversary.

The emergency department, which has been extended, now has an operating theatre at its disposal; similarly, the medical imaging centre has been equipped with new, modern materials. This infrastructure and these new purchases were unveiled by the President on December 3rd, and bear witness to the efforts made in the name of the modernisation of a public service, which says it meets international standards.

President Hery Rajaonarimampianina reiterated, in Ampefiloha, that the state affords particular importance to the refurbishment of public hospitals, whose mission is to provide the entire population with appropriate care and treatment, and is equipping them with new, modern and reliable materials. The JRA UniversityHospital’s medical imaging service will, from now on, enter the modern age, with equipment for digital X-rays, mammography, a scanner and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) system. Similarly, the JRA University Hospital has purchased equipment for extra corporeal lithotripsy, a technique which consists of breaking kidney stones or gallstones into fragments, as well as three Echo-Dopplers. As for the emergency department, a partnership between the state, the Madagascar division of the Société Générale banking company (BFV-SG) and the STAR allowed it to get a physical extension, an installation of an emergency operating theatre, a new supply of beds and an examining table.

At the human resources level, it was announced at the unveiling of the JRA University Hospital that the Ministry of Public Health would proceed to recruit 500 paramedics and 500 specialist doctors. The President was also keen to emphasise the efforts undertaken in the human resources area, and also in the modernisation of health infrastructure, the latter with the aim of promoting access to basic services for the most underprivileged. This is another effort undertaken as part of a private-public partnership, as is the case at the JRAUniversityHospital, with the companies NIP Santé and ELSMED, firms which produce and maintain medical equipment. In doing this, the country’s public hospitals will be able to develop a healthy competition with the private hospitals, not only in terms of quality of service, but above all in terms of the cost of care and treatments.

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