SVZ to purchase CPAP machine for babies
The paediatric ward at the St. Vincentius Ziekenhuis (SVZ) can finally purchase a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine for babies who are born prematurely. The CPAP machine will provide breathing support to premature babies. “The hospital wanted to purchase the machine but could not carry out its plan due to a lack of funds,” said general director Manodj Hindori as he received a cheque for $5,000 from Suriname Alcoholic Beverages NV (SAB) on Tuesday. The director pointed out that the hospital had to search long and hard for donors. He thanked SAB for its willingness to help save and improve the lives of young children. Namja Braafheid, paediatrician at the SVZ, explained that the CPAP machine would be a huge help. She explained that the machine is used to support the breathing of premature babies. The CPAP machine helps to keep many young babies alive at the incubator ward. Braafheid explained that the CPAP is very child-friendly and that its use does not cause any pain. The paediatrician applauded the fact that the hospital will finally have a CPAP machine but would like the hospital to have at least two of these machines in order to provide better care.
Steven Ma Ajong, director at the SAB, explained that the company decided to make a donation because of its social involvement and its 50th anniversary. He explained that the SAB is much more than a company that produces alcohol for consumption. “One must not forget that this production is the main supplier of alcohol for the medical and pharmaceutical sector. That is something that has been going on for many years. The company did not hesitate to pitch in when it received the SVZ’s request for a donation. Ma Ajong believes that the new CPAP machine will enable the SVZ to further optimize its care of children and hopes that other companies will follow suit so that Suriname’s healthcare can be brought to a higher level.