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26 New Electrical Beds To Furnish Labasa Hospital

26 New Electrical Beds To Furnish Labasa Hospital
From the left: Labasa Hospital postnatal and antenatal ward sister in charge, Sereana Vakanadakuya, Hammond Care Health and Hospitals maintenance manager Ravinesh Chand, and Labasa Hospital acting medical superintendent Dr Mikaele Mua at the Labasa Hospital on April 25, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
April 26
10:00 2018

Hammond Care Health and Hospitals from Australia steps in again to provide immediate needs.


Hammond Care Health and Hospitals is delighted once again to attend to the Labasa Hospital’s critical need for beds.

After severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016, the Australian based organisation’s maintenance manager, Ravinesh Chand, on behalf of the members, donated beds and some equipment.

“This year again we returned to donate 26 electrical beds and some equipment,” Mr Chand said, who is originally from Taganikula, Macuata, in Vanua Levu.

“The cost of one electrical bed is around AUD$2800.

“I have been in constant contact with the Labasa Hospital medical superintendent, Dr Vulibeci Jaoji, who once told me that the hospital needed some beds. So I promised him that our organisation will assist this year.”

He said the idea of donating hospital beds came to my mind after one bad experience encountered in 1999.

“My mother was sick and I brought her to the Labasa Hospital and on that night there was no bed available for her,” he said.

“Since then I always thought being originally from Macuata I will give back to my people so that patients have a place to rest and seen by medical professionals comfortably.”

Labasa Hospital’s acting medical superintendent, Dr Mikaele Mua, thanked Mr Chand for the organisation’s continuous support.

“We have been facing a shortage of beds and with this current donation it will give us lot of assistance and boost in terms of providing better medical services to the public,” Dr Mua said.

“Currently we have 185 beds and these beds will be distributed to the maternity ward, the men’s and women’s medical ward.

“We have noted that the figures of admissions in these wards have recently increased.

“In the past we’ve had to use the corridors but now with this assistance it will make our work much easier and patients can sleep comfortably.”

Mr Chand said the use of electrical beds was much easier and comfortable than manual beds. Edited by Naisa Koroi


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