Oxygen units to help address severe pneumonia and newborn illnesses

The oxygen concentrator units were the result of the partnership between Cure Kids Fiji, Australian Government and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). Picture: SUPPLIED

FIVE state of the art oxygen concentrator units have been installed at the 56-bed Savusavu hospital which will help address severe pneumonia and newborn illnesses.

The oxygen concentrator units were the result of the partnership between Cure Kids Fiji, Australian Government and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS).

According to a statement by the Australian High Commission the Cure Kids Fiji’s Oxygen Project team is led by Dr Stephen Howie from University of Auckland and Dr Eric Rafai of MHMS.

This team supervised the installation of the equipment and training for hospital staff.

Cure Kids Fiji also provided 50 percent of the funding for this project, made possible through the generous support of donors including ANZ Bank, AccorHotels, Armacup and the Rotary Club of Fiji.

Dr Stephen Howie joined Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji, Anna Dorney, at the Savusavu Sub-divisional hospital today to officially hand over the newly installed oxygen concentrators to the Minister of Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

Ms Dorney said, “This is a great example of the innovative partnership forged between the Governments of Australia and Fiji, central to which is our support to Fiji’s health sector. We are committed to supporting the Government’s vision for a healthy population and will continue to do this through our ongoing close relationship with the Ministry of Health. We also thank Cure Kids Fiji for joining us in this very important initiative.”

In cases of severe pneumonia in children, oxygen treatment has been shown to improve survival by 35 percent and is also an important treatment for many illnesses in adults.

Dr Howie said, “It is exciting to be working with the MHMS, Cure Kids Fiji, and the Australian Government to ensure that Savusavu Sub-divisional Hospital has a reliable, life-saving oxygen supply. No child or adult should die from lack of oxygen and we aim to reach this goal for the whole of Fiji.”

Dr Waqainabete, expressed his gratitude to the Australian Government and Cure Kids for a well thought initiative to enhance health services at Savusavu hospital.

“I thank the Australian Government and Cure Kids for the splendid achievement in ensuring the consistent flow of oxygen at the health facility which will benefit all Fijians of Savusavu and Cakaudrove,” he said.

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