Table 1

Availability of equipment, drugs and supplies
Item n (%) facilities where item present (and functioning, for equipment) N (%) facilities where broken equipment present
Hospitals (N = 4) Health centres (N = 15) Dispensaries (N = 156) Total (N = 175) Total (N = 175)
Basic equipment
Examination couch 4 (100) 14 (93) 143 (92) 161 (92) 2 (1)
Storage area for drugs 4 (100) 15 (100) 142 (91) 161 (92) 3 (2)
Refrigerator (2–8 °C) 2 (50) 10 (63) 90 (58) 102 (28) 49 (28)
Hand washing facility 4 (100) 15 (100) 130 (83) 149 (85) 4 (2)
Telephone or transmitter 3 (75) 5 (33) 12 (8) 20 (11) 16 (9)
Electricity 4 (100) 15 (100) 53 (34) 72 (41) 5 (3)
Blood pressure machine 3 (75) 15 (100) 89 (57) 107 (61) 36 (21)
Adult weighing scale 4 (100) 15 (100) 118 (76) 137 (78) 18 (10)
Stethoscope 4 (100) 15 (100) 131 (84) 150 (86) 11 (6)
Means of sterilisation 3 (75) 15 (100) 139 (89) 157 (90) 5 (3)
Clinical thermometer 4 (100) 15 (100) 139 (89) 158 (90) 2 (1)
Scissors 4 (100) 14 (93) 142 (91) 160 (91) 5 (3)
Equipment for maternal care
Fetoscope 4 (100) 15 (100) 149 (96) 168 (96) 2 (1)
Infant weighing scale 4 (100) 15 (100) 103 (66) 122 (70) 22 (13)
Transport for obstetric referral 4 (100) 8 (53) 30 (19) 42 (24) 7 (4)
Manual vacuum aspirator 4 (100) 7 (47) 1 (1) 12 (7)** 1 (1)
Speculum 4 (100) 15 (100) 81 (52) 100 (57) 7 (4)
Vacuum extractor 2 (50) 2 (13) 1 (1) 5 (3) 0 (0)
Needle holder 4 (100) 12 (80) 96 (62) 112 (64) 1 (1)
Adult ambu bag 2 (50) 2 (13) 3 (2) 7 (4)** 3 (2)
Newborn ambu bag 4 (100) 9 (60) 38 (24) 51 (29) 2 (1)
Suction machine + adult tubes 0 (0) 1 (7) 0 (0) 1 (1) 7 (4)
Suction machine + children tubes 2 (50) 1 (7) 5 (3) 8 (5) 0 (0)
Supplies and drugs
Examination gloves 4 (100) 14 (93) 145 (93) 163 (93)
Disposable syringes and needles – adult 4 (100) 10 (63) 125 (80) 139 (79)
Giving set – blood 4 (100) 1 (7) 8 (5) 13 (7)
Giving set – other fluids 4 (100) 15 (100) 92 (59) 111 (63)
Intravenous cannulae – size 16, 18 or 20 4 (100) 12 (80) 57 (37) 73 (42)
Protective clothing for staff 4 (100) 14 (93) 96 (62) 115 (66)
Complete suture kits 3 (75) 8 (53) 44 (28) 55 (31)
Normal saline 3 (75) 9 (60) 51 (33) 63 (36)
Blank partograph 4 (100) 11 (73) 106 (68) 121 (69)
Cord ligatures 4 (100) 11 (73) 122 (78) 137 (78)
Disposable syringes and needles – neonate 4 (100) 10 (63) 130 (83) 144 (82)
Oxygen cylinder 4 (100) 4 (27) 20 (13) 28 (16)
Diazepam injection 4 (100) 14 (93) 126 (81) 144 (82)
Magnesium Sulphate injection 3 (75) 8 (53) 80 (51) 91 (52)
Hydralazine injection 3 (75) 0 (0) 2 (1)** 5 (3)
Misoprostol tablets (100 or 200 μg)* 1 (25) 5 (33) 7 (4) 13 (7)
Ergometrine injection 1 (25) 4 (27) 58 (37) 63 (55)
Oxytocin injection 4 (100) 5 (33) ** 23 (15)** 32 (18)
Any antibiotic injection 4 (100) 14 (93) 127 (81) 145 (83)
Ringer’s lactate 4 (100) 9 (60) 55 (35) 68 (39)
10% Dextrose 3 (75) 1 (7) 2 (1) 6 (3)
5% Dextrose 3 (75) 11 (73) 41 (26) 55 (31)

* Not listed in MSD catalogue in 2009.

** Item should not be stocked at this facility level according to MSD catalogue in 2009 [37].

Penfold et al.

Penfold et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:61   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-61

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