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Festival Committee Donates Exercise Stress Test Machine

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate complimented the committee of the Friendly North festival for the donation of a new exercise stress test machine at the Labasa Hospital.
23 Aug 2016 08:05
Festival Committee Donates  Exercise Stress Test Machine

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate complimented the committee of the Friendly North festival for the donation of a new exercise stress test machine at the Labasa Hospital.

He said this new machine donated by the committee was timely since the machine used before at the hospital became unserviceable three months ago.

“I am confident that this new exercise stress test machine will contribute to quality services for those that will need it,” Mr Usamate said.

“I am told that this machine is linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) management and in particular heart diseases.

“We know that heart diseases are our biggest killer in this country.”

Mr Usamate said the machine was a useful donation that would help doctors diagnose diseases of the heart, mainly the arteries.

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the festival committee for donating this remarkable gift and the continued commitment of your members, past and present towards the ministry in your numerous donations of equipment and infrastructure improvements so far,” Mr Usamate said.

He said he looked forward to the continued collaboration between the festival committee and health facilities in the North.

“We need this ongoing public-private partnership as it will provide much relief and boost to our health system and resources.”

Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North president Tevita Ravulo said the festival management undertook numerous projects in partnership with the Ministry of Health to improve the delivery of health services in the North.

“The total cost of this project is $80,000 including the cost of machine, freight charges, technical costs and refurbishment of room,” Mr Ravulo said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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