NRH, Regional Eye Centre boosted with new medical equipment and supplies

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(R –L) Dr Claude Posala Head of department for the Regional Eye Centre , Lilly Sere - Eye nurse and Elivis Naibo, Clinical Nursing Consultant, receiving cartons of donated glasses from Lions club.

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) and the Regional Eye Care Centre (REC) in Honiara has recently received two containers of medical equipment and supplies.

‘Take My Hand’ and ‘International Lions Clubs New Zealand’ donated the medical equipment and supplies.

The opening of the containers was witnessed by the NRH management and the Regional Eye Care Centre staff.

Take My Hands sourced and supplied the medical equipment and supplies after being given a ‘wish’ list of things needed by the NRH.

Staff of Regional Eye Centre displaying some of the glasses donated by Lion Club.

A great variety of things were donated. These include beds, linens, masks, hand sanitizers, wheelchairs, elbow crutches, trolleys and many other much needed items.

“The donation is useful to patients with special needs to have access to materials that assist them to move around.

“Moreover, health workers will be able to maintain better infection control even with the recent rise of admission,’’ NRH Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Steven Aumanu says.

Community Rehabilitation staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Honiara with the newly donated elbow crutches.

Dr Aumanu also thanked Former Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Frank Short who was instrumental in linking NRH with Take My Hand and Lion club New Zealand and coordinating the process of the donation.

On top of this donation, Frank Short approached International Lions Clubs New Zealand and asked them to contribute 3000 reading glasses and prescription glasses.

Regional Eye Centre (REC) Head of Department, Dr Claude Posala says the reading glasses are particularly useful as many patients who are in need can now receive free glasses.

A nurse at the Diabetic clinic seeing patient using the donated infection control materials including trolley and bed.

The ready-made glasses will be distributed free at the Regional Eye Center to patients who are not able to afford to pay for glasses.

“They will also be made available during provincial outreaches by the eye team.

“This is to ensure the glasses are distributed fairly to people living in the provinces who may not have access to reading glasses,” Dr Posala says.

The NRH management and the eye department extended a big thank you to ‘Take My Hand’ and ‘International Lions Clubs New Zealand’ who have made this great contribution to the people of Solomon Islands.