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Benin: Government refuses donation of used medical equipment from France. Here’s why.

Written by Deckson N.

While a large donation of medical equipment was made in Benin by a French agency, the Beninese authorities decided to simply refuse the donation.

Indeed, it is not uncommon to see tons of drugs or medical devices from western countries arriving on African soil in the form of donations. But these drugs or equipment are for the most part close to dates of expiration, used or obsolete. And it is precisely this reason that prompted the government of Benin to refuse this donation, reports Benin Public Health 🏥Minister Alassane Seidou, to parliamentarians.

The equipment offered to us by our partners is used equipment with an average age between 10 and 15 years,” he said

This equipment, resulting from a partnership between the government of former Beninese President Thomas Yayi Boni and the Regional Hospital Center of Orleans in France, was destined for the Departmental and University Hospital Center of Borgou and the Alibori of Parakou.

However, Alassane Seidou was reassuring when he learned that the Government had already planned to purchase all these new equipment under the Government Action Program (PAG).

The Beninese government is also making every effort to strengthen the quality of public health services in the country, which is still conditioned by the equipment.

The government has not found it appropriate to accept this equipment, which could lead to poor performance in diagnosis,” said Alassane Seidou, Minister of Public Health of Benin.

This decision emanating from the head of state Patrice Talon was rather welcomed by the Beninese public and even beyond. Even if for some this is seen as “an excess of national pride in view of the needs of the poor.” For the most part it is clear that “Africa should not be the dustbin of developed countries“.

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