THE Australian aid program handed over biomedical lifesaving equipment worth almost $400,000 to the Ministry of Health through the Fiji Health Sector Support Program (FHSSP).
Deputy Secretary Hospital Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau thanked the Australian Government for the aid, which includes fibre optic laryngoscopes, patient monitors, equipment and emergency trolleys and baby cots.
Dr Tuicakau paid tribute to the AusAID program saying this is the second lot of paediatric equipment received in a few months.
"The new equipment will enhance and strengthen the specialised care in the Paediatric Department especially to the fragile neonates," he said.
"As you are aware, the ministry currently faces challenges with our young workforce but with relevant training, mentoring and monitoring, they should be able to deliver especially in vital services such as maternal and child health."
He paid tribute to the paediatric team and nurses in their efforts for delivering their services despite resource challenges.
Acting Australian high commissioner Glenn Miles said that Australia continued to support the people of Fiji and remained committed to its proud history in supporting Fiji's health sector.