A PROJECT funded by the Australian Government to assist the Health Ministry has once again lived up to its expectations after providing biomedical equipment to the ministry.
The Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP), a $25million Australian aid program which has been funded for five years, gave $395,000 worth of lifesaving biomedical equipment to the ministry.
The gift was also part of the FHSSP's safe motherhood and healthy child objective.
The ministry's Clinical Services Network expressed its need for better medical equipment.
In handing over the equipment to deputy secretary Hospital Services, acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said "the procurement of this equipment is a reflection of Australia's unwavering commitment to save the lives of women and children through greater access to quality maternal and child health services".
Mr Miles said Australia always supported Fiji's health services and was proud of its history of supporting the local ministry.
"We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health and the FHSSP team in identifying and addressing the needs which would in turn save lives," he said.
Health Ministry's Dr Metuisela Tuicakau, in receiving the equipment, said the procurement marked yet another milestone achievement for the two countries.
"I still remember just a few months back when I received the first lot of paediatric equipment through partnership with Australia," he said.
"To receive another lot within a short time frame speaks volumes of the commitment of our neighbour Australia to health services in Fiji."
The procurement included fibre optic laryngoscopes, portable suction machine, pulse oximeters, patient monitors, delivery beds, measurement mats, baby cots and many other biomedical equipment.