The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for oxygen and other respiratory care supplies and equipment around the globe.
In response, PATH conducted a biomedical equipment survey in 93 health facilities in the city/province of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The purpose of this survey was to quantify existing oxygen delivery and production equipment, consumables for administering oxygen therapy, bed capacity, and facility infrastructure characteristics that are relevant to providing respiratory care. The results indicate that proliferation of critical care services, oxygen, and respiratory care equipment as well as oxygen supply systems are very limited in health care facilities in Kinshasa.
This report summarizes observations from the collected data and is intended to help global and national stakeholders understand COVID-19 treatment capacity in Kinshasa, DRC.
Publication date: April 2021