Life-saving machines handed to Savusavu Sub-Divisional Hospital
April 8, 2019 4:50 pm
The Savusavu Sub-Divisional Hospital has been fitted with five vital life-saving machines to address the need for oxygen in the facility.
Today, Cure Kids and the Australian High Commission handed over the oxygen concentrators to Health Minister, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.
The equipment will provide patients with a higher oxygen concentration level than the regular air inhaled.
Dr Waqainabete says annually, the Health Ministry spends over $3million in purchasing oxygen cylinders for its facilities and the donation will go a long way in enhancing the work carried out at the hospitals.
“The opportunity to have these concentrators here is not only for those patients that come on a regular basis but also an opportunity to look after those that the operating teams (from Labasa) would come and look after.”
The lack of oxygen at health facilities has been identified as a cause of pneumonia deaths in the country.
Each oxygen unit costs around $11,000.
The Nabouwalu Hospital, Taveuni Hospital and the Nausori Health Centre are also fitted with the same machines.