BY AGNES MENANOPO
LOCAL Telecommunication Company, Our Telekon has donated three new medical machines to the National Referral Hospital – Labour Ward Unit in Honiara.
The new medical technologies: Doppler Test, Cardiotocograph (CTG), and Suction Machine will support moms and babies throughout the labour and birthing process.
Our Telekom Representative, Christina Lasaqa said the company clearly understands that the majority of referrals to the hospital are related to women admitting for childbirth and other maternity issues.
“Our Telekom, as part of its ongoing community support has responded the ongoing situation experience at the labour ward by purchasing and donating these equipment to the hospital.
“Although the medical equipment provided are not enough to support and handle the increasing number of women patients receiving essential services at the NRH – we hope that with this help, Our Telekom will continue to assist with the hospital’s staffs to deliver the necessary services to the benefit of our women (mothers) at the maternity and labour wards,” Christina said.
The Doppler test can measure the blood flow through the umbilical cord (tube like passage connecting the fetus with the placenta) and around different parts of a baby’s body, such as his brain and heart. This helps to show whether he’s getting all the oxygen and nutrients he needs via the placenta. It scan also detect abnormal flow within an artery or blood vessel.
The Cardiotocograph (CTG) can record fatal heartbeat and the uterine contractions during pregnancy – it a measures a baby’s heart rate and at the same time it also monitors the contractions in the womb. It is also used before both before birth (antenatal) and during labour, to monitor the baby for any signs of distress.
A suction machine is a pump used to maintain an airway by removing secretions from the mouth, throat and lung. They are appliances that are used to remove substances such as blood, saliva, mucus and vomit from a patient’s airway so that the patient can properly breathe.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NRH, Dr. Steve Aumanu expressed how thankful the hospital administration and the patients are to Our Telekom for the kind assistance and support.
“The equipment are going to be definitely useful to the service of delivering care to mothers and that the nurses and doctors will make good use of it.