Christmas came early for the staff of Levuka Hospital in Fiji following a donation of medical equipment worth £5000 by BMI Three Shires Hospital last month.
Doctors and nurses at The Levuka Hospital, on the Fijian island of Ovalau, had urgently requested the donation of an Autoclave Machine, which sterilizes medical equipment before surgery and is vital in reducing infection rates. However, staff at the hospital were thrilled to also receive several HeamoCue sets, which were donated by Three Shires Hospital to help tackle Fiji’s chronic problem with diabetes. Research has found that a staggering 4 in 10 Fijians were found to have diabetes ranking the pacific island as one of the most afflicted nations in the world. Ignorance about the causes of diabetes, as well as a lack of medical professionals in Fiji are believed to contribute towards this widespread problem.
Dr John Wake, a trainee GP at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, coordinated the donation of supplies alongside Paul McPartlan, Executive Director of Three Shires Hospital who commented: “I’m thrilled that our donation has been put to use by the nurses and doctors at The Levuka Hospital straightaway, and I hope that our contribution will play a part in the continued provision of a quality healthcare service to the Levuka people for many years to come”.
Dr Wake had learnt of the desperate need for medical supplies after undertaking two months of clinical training at The Levuka Hospital, a 40 bed facility that serves a population of more than 25,000 residents. Dr Wake had spent months over the summer organising for the equipment to be freighted over to Fiji free of charge and was finally delivered to the The Levuka Hospital a few weeks ago.