NRH Receives New Medical Equipment

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Photo Session: Representatives from Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Society of Anesthetists (ASA) including medical staffs from the National Referral Hospital (NRH).

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara has recently received new medical technology equipment comprised of anesthetic equipments and a video Laryngoscope device funded under from the Pacific Islands Project (PIP).

Head of Anesthetic Department at NRH, Dr Kaeni and Australian Society of Anesthetists, Dr Andrew demonstrating the use of Laryngoscope device at the NRH.The Department of Anesthetic Services at the National Referral Hospital will manage the new medical equipment.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, NRH Medical Superintendent Dr Rooney Jagilly said he is confident that the assistance in the equipment training and donation of the equipment will provide safe and quality services to patients receiving services at the NRH.

He also acknowledged the Pacific Islands Project (PIP) for securing funds for the new equipment including support trainings provided by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Society of Anesthetists (ASA).

“I would like to thank the ASA and the RACS who provided the department with the Intubating manikins (medical training human dolls) to practice of routinely,” he said.

The laryngoscopy is usually carried out with the patient lying on his or her back; the laryngoscope is inserted into the mouth. This procedure is done in an operation theatre with full preparation for resuscitative measures to deal with respiratory diseases. It is performed to visualize the patient’s vocal cords, tracheal and bronchia by a means other than obtaining a direct line of sight.

The official handing over ceremony was attended by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Representative Natalie Hepp, Australian Society of Anesthetists (ASA) Representative Dr Phil Blum and Dr Andrew Fenton, National Referral Hospital, Head of Anesthetic Dr Kaeni, including doctors, staff and nurses of the National Referral Hospital.

Head of Anesthetic Department at NRH, Dr Kaeni also thanked the support of the Royal Australasia College of surgeons (RACS) and the Australian Society of Anesthetists (ASA).

“I would like to thank two senior specialists’ doctors from ASA, Dr Phil Blum and Dr Andrew Fenton, who brought the equipment to Honiara and trained our local doctors on how to use and provide maintenance to the equipment,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Royal Australian college of surgeons (RACS), Representative, Natalie Hepp said that they are very happy to get the grant from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia (DFAT) and Australian Society of Anesthetists (ASA) to fulfill this support and we really hope that this would provide an excellent training to the local specialists in the Solomon Islands.

The PIP team will provide training for national clinicians at the NRH in Honiara and Kilu’ufi Hospital in Malaita Province from 11 to 19 November.

Medical Superintendent Dr Rooney Jagilly signing the handing over document at the NRH.