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Navua Receives Medical Equipment

  Navua Hospital received $382,266 worth of diabetes detection medical equipment yesterday from the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey. The timely donation will assist laboratory technicians provide time
14 Jun 2017 12:06
Navua Receives Medical Equipment
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey (left) while handing over Biochemistry Analyzer to Minister for Health Rosy Akbar for Navua Hospital on June 13, 2017. Photo: Mere Satakala.

 

Navua Hospital received $382,266 worth of diabetes detection medical equipment yesterday from the Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey.

The timely donation will assist laboratory technicians provide time saving and accurate early diabetes diagnosis.

“We are pleased that this equipment will assist lab technicians provide accurate results to the nurses and doctors,” Ms Twomey said.

“This will directly benefit Fijians who have Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) to live a longer and a productive life,” she said.

In receiving the equipment, Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar said having such modernised equipment means that the doctors will be able to clearly relate the status of the patients’ diabetes level early.

“With this the patients will be able to take appropriate measures to prevent the onset of the detrimental impacts of diabetes,” Ms Akbar said.

“All in all having this equipment means early diagnosis, and delaying the complications of diabetes like blindness, kidney failure and amputation,” she said.

According to the data collected by the Health and Information Unit (HIU) in 2015, 669 amputations were done and last year, a total of 791 amputations were recorded.

In the past all blood samples were sent to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Suva, but now with the new machine tests can be done in Navua.

The donation included six biochemistry analysers, water distillers and computers that can do a range of biochemistry tests to assess and better manage diabetic cases.

Similarly the Australian embassy will be presenting the same equipment soon to the Rakiraki, Tavua, Taveuni, and Levuka Sub-Divisional hospitals and the Seaqaqa Health Centre.

Fiji’s biomedical technicians have been trained for the maintenance and repairing of the  machines.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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