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May 13, 2016

State of the Art Equipment for KHMH’s PICU

The Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the K.H.M.H. has been with gifted with cutting edge equipment courtesy of the Government of Japan. The hospital’s C.E.O., Doctor Adrian Coye says that babies needing specialized medical treatment will be benefitting significantly and that the modern equipment elevates the Unit to regional standards.  News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Today the Japanese Government, through the Embassy of Japan, officially handed over medical equipment to the KHMH. The donation is the result of a project signed over two years ago:

 

HE Masanori Nakano, Ambassador of Japan

HE Masanori Nakano

“The grant was valued at USD $119,705 through the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots and Human Security Projects. Coming to know that the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital had been in dire need to expand of the improvements of its facility to enhance their responsiveness to patients, we decided to offer our assistance to the hospital almost two years ago. In that sense, we are indeed happy to have provided the requisite funding to the Pediatric Unit to help the children who need access to the necessary health and medical resources for their healthcare.”

 

The equipment, purchased with almost hundred and twenty thousand USD grant, is for the Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

 

Dr. Adrian Coye

Dr. Adrian Coye, CEO, KHMH

“Today we’re having a handing over of the vast majority of this. In fact, we’ve spent the total grant and beyond in an effort to have this unit to be the best equipped for the region. So, today you will see cerebral oximeters, which are used to measure brain activity for kids that are very ill. You will see a very posh and top of the line incubator in that corner there. EKG machines, arterial blood gas analyzer machines that are point of care machines.”

 

Among the medical equipment handed over today, is this high-tech incubator, as Dr. Coye explains, it’s one of the best of its kind at the K.H.M.H.

 

Dr. Adrian Coye

“This is a top of the line incubator that we have here, which is a level above all the others that we have acquired. So, it will be used for very special babies. The value of it is almost twenty thousand US. So, that is the impact I think it will have, which is for babies, neonates actually, because that is what the incubator will be used for – babies with very special needs. This kind of incubator can weigh the baby, control the atmosphere and has all kinds of different electronics related to it and we do have training associated with the acquisition of that as well.”

The grant was also used to purchase a generator for the unit:

 

Dr. Adrian Coye

“This project had the scope of having a standby generator of our hospital, as being the provider of energy in the times of need. As it came closer to the end of everything, we realized that we would want this unit to have a stand-alone generator. So, to the tune of forty four- forty five thousand US, we used the last bit of funds to have a band new standby generator with a capacity of 150 KVA dedicated to this unit alone. So, essentially, we have achieved one important consideration for this unit– that it would be totally stand alone.”

 

The Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit also received thirty infusion pumps- medical devices commonly used to deliver fluids in a patient’s body.

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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