The National Referral Hospital (NRH) is grateful towards the timely donation of essential medical consumables and supplies received over the weekend.
The donation was made by Rotary Club of Albury in partnership with Donations in Kind in Australia and John James Hospital Foundation in Australia, all of whom collaborated with Rotary Club of Honiara for successful shipment and delivery of the items to Honiara and eventually NRH.
All items sent over were as result of discussions with relevant NRH doctors, Dr Rooney Jagilly, Head of Surgical Ward and Dr Leeanne Panisi, Head of Obstetric and Gynaecology department and Dr Kaeni Agiomea Head of Anaesthesia Department.
Items received included 37 hospital beds and mattresses, 6 transfer beds, 10 wheel chairs, 15 I.V. stands, 6 dressing trolleys, 360 ward gowns, 1 carton scissors, 18 cartons of medical consumables (plastic ware), 1 pallet scrubs and gowns, 1 pallet of surgical wrap, 2 cartons of medical text books, birthing chairs, a lithotomy table and other medical equipment.
Many of the items have already been distributed to the various wards within the Hospital including Anaesthesia, Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments.
President of the Rotary Club of Honiara Mr. Russell Clinch explained that the shipment of the supplies consists of three components separately organised but shipped as one with support from the Rotary Club of Albury that paid for the cargo freight.
“The Rotary Club of Albury organised with Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) through its Donations in Kind program to provide most of the medical supplies. Specialised donations from the John James Hospital Foundation were made after separate consultations with NRH Anaesthetic and NRH Obstetric and Gynaecology departments”,
“Rotary Club of Honiara paid for the landing fees from donations and club fund-raising activites. We organised Rotary members to unload the container with the help of Rotaracts, hospital staff and BJS employees”, explained Mr. Clinch.
He further added that Rotary Club of Honiara continues to liaise with many Rotary Organisations in Australia and New Zealand about projects, donations and medical support to assist the various social-development sectors of the country. “We commit to our continuous support in the future and hope that all items donated will go along a way into preserving health and saving lives of our people”, said Mr Clinch.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Hospital, Dr Rooney Jagilly Acting Medical Superintendent of NRH expressed sincere thanks towards the timely support of Rotary Club of Honiara. The donations are timely as the NRH is finding additional bed spaces to temporary address the bed shortage.
“The Hospital as highlighted by the CEO of NRH in a recent media conference is faced with a major challenge that is, the burden of disease outpacing the existing resources of the hospital which has led to shortages of many of these resources to cater for the increased demand”.
“These quantities of items donated will greatly help the hospital to at least keep up with the demands for the time being as the hospital is implementing long term strategies to resolve many of the long standing issues the hospital has been and is facing”, explained Dr Jagilly.
“The items donated will also gear towards effective and efficient delivery of health services in the various departments within the hospital and at the same time ensure comfortability by the patients while receiving care. Thank you to the donors and all hands that have helped one way or the other in making this donation a success”, added Dr Jagilly.