Department of Health to screen emergency medical air transport service providers

With the aim of implementing a structured system for emergency medical air transport services, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is seeking to prequalify suppliers and has issued a tender.

In daily newspaper ads last week, the health ministry said it was seeking the provision of air transport services to carry out medical evacuations, transport of medical supplies, drugs and crews and personnel. pathology, to remote coastal and hinterland communities.

Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony told the newspaper that the ministry seeks to eliminate the rush that often occurs when it comes to the medical transport of patients and health teams. He noted that once the tender documents have been reviewed, they will be able to prequalify companies capable of providing the requested services.

“Anytime a doctor calls and says it’s an emergency, we have to find a flight to send for that patient… you’ll have to hurry in most cases. We want to put some order in the process and put some order in the provision of this service, ”he explained.

According to the ministry, the bids will be evaluated on the ability to transport patients of all categories, including seriously ill people, people with infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and tuberculosis; technical ability to monitor patients during air transfers; willingness to provide a credit facility; an adequate response time; ability to function day and night; ability to carry regular passengers and baggage; and be able to operate in any of the fifty communities that the ministry may require to serve. Bidders were also invited to submit a price schedule for each destination for air medical evacuation, charter flights to transport the pathology team with a two hour waiting period, and other special chartered flights for medical supplies, drugs and medical teams.

The Department of Health has indicated that it will continue to provide the necessary personal protective equipment for patients and crew members during an emergency transfer, as well as an adequate supply of oxygen, blood and medication. blood products, medical supplies and medical equipment, where possible.

Suppliers who can meet the requirements are requested to submit offers and a signed price schedule by Wednesday August 18, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the latest.

Bids must be submitted to the President of the National Council for the Administration of Public Procurement and Tenders of the Ministry of Finance.

Bidders are also invited to submit an original and electronic copy of the bid document in various sealed envelopes bearing the “original” and “copy” labels.

Tender documents can be purchased for $ 2,000 from the Department of Health, Department of Accounting, Lot 1 Brickdam, Georgetown.

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