Ministry gets $100,000 worth of Infant Warmers
Ministry of Health and Medical Services received 20 baby warmers at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital yesterday. Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said he was thankful to Charity First Sydney Incorporated Group and General Electric Healthcare Company, both of Sydney, Australia, for the donations. He said he was delighted and very happy to receive the generous donation valued more than $100,000 worth of infant warmers. “These warmers will benefit our newborn babies being born at the three divisional hospitals; CWMH, Lautoka and Labasa.” “I am sure these units will put a big smile on the faces of our staff all around the country as this was a need well met and will prove to be a booster too our medical equipment inventory,” Mr Usamate said. He said medical equipment was very costly and donations of such valuable items were always encouraging. “We are also thankful for GE Healthcare for taking the time to train our staff in the use of these warmers as it is critical to the proper use, maintenance and longevity of the equipment,” Mr Usamate said. He said about 20,000 babies were born per year in Fiji and about 8-9000 or 43 per cent were delivered in CWMH. About 6000 in the west and more than 3000 in the North babies were born per year. Mr Usamate confirmed an Indian Cardiac surgical Team would arrive early next month.
“This surgical team provides services free of charge that will visit specifically for babies and children born with heart problems,” he said.
Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate(fourth from left), MIC Segment lead for Perinatal Terri Walker (fifth from left)with members representing the Charity First Sydney Incorporated group during the handover of 20 infant warmers yesterday.