SVZ to pur­cha­se CPAP ma­chi­ne for ba­bies

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.

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