Thursday, October 22, 2015. BMG: Some 66 thousand one hundred and eighty-two US dollars in medical instruments and equipment raised through the Global Medical Instruments Support and Service Program of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Far East Memorial Hospital was donated today to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City.
This is in advance of next week Tuesday’s grand opening of the new paediatric and neonatal intensive care ward of the hospital, raised through the tireless fundraising of the Office of Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow.
Mrs. Barrow secured the donation on her recent visit to Taiwan, as explained by the Taiwanese ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Benjamin Ho, who says the gift recognizes Mrs. Barrow’s work for this important aspect of Belizean health.
The Global Medical Instruments Program, through the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, also dispatched a doctor and two nurses to Belize to train nurses in the PICU ward. It will send a further three experts to KHMH from the ninth to the13th of November to train its medical technicians to operate the donated instruments, which range from surgery and obstetric diagnostic table to electrocardiographs and ultrasound device.
Dr. Adrian Coye, chief executive officer of the KHMH, said that the interaction with the Taiwanese is even more important than the donated equipment.
And Mrs. Simplis-Barrow expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the assistance.
The total cost of building and equipping the new unit is roughly $6 million, obtained through various fundraising initiatives including the “Light the Night for Kids” walk and events at home and abroad.
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