AN Australian charitable organisation has been putting old Australian medical equipment to good use in Fiji hospitals.
The Spirit of Sharing has given about $A3million ($F5.2m) worth of medical equipment to the CWM Hospital, which in turn distributed some of it to medical centres around the country.
Four volunteers from the organisation visited the hospital last week to follow up on their work and to get an idea of its medical needs.
"We've set up the hospital with replacement beds for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and we've also set anaesthetic machines, an X-ray machine and more, so a lot of equipment has been taken out of hospitals in Australia in complete working condition," said group leader Wayne McKenzie.
Former ICU head Dr Veneriki Raiwalui said he was grateful for the assistance.
"(Aside from) beds, walkers, wheelchairs and so forth, they also included consumer goods which were distributed to parts of Fiji, so they contributed to a significant amount of care for the patients," he said.
Mr McKenzie said the group hoped to continue its relationship with the hospital and make links with other health centres around Fiji.