Salsa for health

Jennifer Poole of MSP leads Rosy Akbar the health minister into the Salsa Party last night. Picture: RAMA

MEDICAL Services Pacific (MSP) a Non-Governmental Organization is in need of a new sterilizer machine worth of $10,000 to enable them to conduct improved prenatal scanning in remote rural areas.

This was revealed by the Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar while officiating at the Salsa for health charity event at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Suva last night.

“Equipment that is urgently needed such as a new sterilizer machine ($10,000) or to provide supplies and equipment (e.g. a mobile ultrasound scanner ($50,000) would enable improved prenatal scanning in remote rural areas,” she said.

Ms Akbar said public funding is key to subsidizing critical and specialized health service and will assist MSP to buy key equipment’s for their medical program.

“While the Ministry supports its health partners as much as it can, creating health developments is really about partnerships at all levels, be it with government ministries, UN agencies, NGO’s, Corporate Sector, businesses and public support, is also required to maintain the services.

“Indeed, it is public private partnerships that enable charities to function to provide free services to their patients. The costs of running a post rape care facility are not small, including salaries for medical staff, counselors and legal staff as well as materials and supplies. While MSP provides these full services, it needs our help to sustain its services,” she added.