Opening a new hospital or clinic in Nigeria is an exciting undertaking. However, it can also be quite a challenge. For instance, many doctors do not know where to buy all of the equipment required for a hospital or clinic. Additionally, many doctors and surgeons find that they need help prioritizing their equipment needs. Below is a simple five-step process that will help you organize the purchasing process and find a dependable medical equipment supplier for your hospital in Nigeria.

Step 1: Identify Your Hospital’s Specialty or Areas of Expertise

  • General Hospital or Multi-Specialty Hospital
  • Maternal / Child Health Hospital
  • Fertility Hospital
  • Pediatric Hospital
  • University Hospital
  • Training Hospital
  • Cancer Hospital

Many hospitals and clinics in Nigeria are multi-specialty, with doctors and surgeons who perform a wide variety of procedures.

Step 2: Know Approximately WHEN you will need the Equipment

By outlining your timeframe, you provide your equipment supplier with an idea of the urgency of your need. Suppliers will understand that it is difficult to provide an exact date, so it is fine to provide your best estimate. Below are some examples of some helpful responses to the question of timing:

  • “I plan to open my hospital in June, so would like the equipment by May.”
  • “We will not break ground until next year, but I would like a quote in 2 weeks.”
  • “I would need for you to be able to ship the equipment within 4-6 weeks.”
  • “We must receive the equipment in Nigeria no later than December 20th.”

Step 3: Make a List of the Equipment that You Will Need Along with Quantities

If you do not have a list, or if you need help creating a list, please go to Step 4.

This list should include all of the medical equipment that you will need to buy for your hospital, along with quantities and key specifications. Below is a suggested format, along with a few sample entries:

Equipment NeededKey RequirementsQuantity
Anesthetic MachineVentilator and one isoflurane vaporizer3
General Surgical TableElectric operation with battery backup3
Operating LightDual head ceiling mount3
Recovery MonitorNIBP, SPO2, EKG and Temperature4
Critical Care VentilatorCompatible with adults and children2

Step 4: Make a List of Each Area of Your Hospital that Requires Equipment

This step will help suppliers organize your quotation. Additionally, they can notify you if there are types of equipment that they are unable to provide. This will allow you to begin contacting other vendors if that step is necessary.

Hospital AreaNumber of Areas
Examination RoomsThree Rooms
Operating TheatreTwo Theatres
Recovery AreaOne Area / Four Beds
Inpatient RoomsTwenty Rooms
Critical Care RoomsFive Rooms
NICUOne unit / Four Beds
PICUOne unit / Four Beds
Labor & DeliveryFour Rooms
Sterilization AreaOne

Step 5: Begin Researching Hospital Equipment Suppliers

Now that you have organized the key details of your hospital project, it is time to start your search for a trusted medical equipment company. There are thousands of equipment providers across the globe and it is important to evaluate companies very carefully. Many hospital owners choose to work with a trusted medical equipment supplier in the United States or Nigeria. When evaluating medical equipment providers from Nigeria, you should keep the following four points in mind:Quality:Seek a company with a commitment to qualityExperience:Focus on companies with 10 or more years of experiencePrice:Companies with lowest prices are usually not the bestReferences:Beware of providers who cannot provide references in Nigeria

We invite you to contact us to speak with one of our dedicated account executives for Nigeria. We can help you source everything that you need for your hospital in Nigeria. We look forward to working with you!

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