Min­istry gets $100,000 worth of Infant Warm­ers

Fiji Sun - - Nation - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: ashna.ku­mar@fi­jisun.com.fj

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.

Photo: Ashna Ku­mar

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.

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