By Willie Lovai – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The special care Nursery at the Port Moresby General Hospital today, received advanced infant care equipment to improve maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.
Today saw the donation of an Infant Warmer and Phototherapy unit from PNG Tribal Foundation and General Electric PNG.
Director of Nursing Services, Carol Hosea, was grateful for the new equipment and told EMTV News that the new equipment is much smaller and portable compared to their bigger versions already in the country.
She said that each day, 45 – 50 babies are born, and that one or two babies will need Phototherapy, and may require the Infant Warmer.
General Electric PNG, in Partnership with PNG Tribal Foundation is donating three Infant warmers and phototherapy Units to Hospitals around Papua New Guinea.
Each Unit is valued at K33,000, and the whole initiative amounts to more than K100,000 for advanced infant care equipment.
PNG Tribal Foundation Director of Operations, Michelle Hau’ofa, said the next unit will be installed at the Wabag Hospital in the Enga province, with the placement of the third to be finalised shortly.
The initiative looks towards the continued efforts to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in the country.