ABOUT 12,000 birthing kits were donated to the Port Moresby General Hospital (POMGH) yesterday by two private sector organisations.
Each kit came with a pair of gloves, cord ties for tying umbilical cords, soap for washing hands, gauze for dressing, a blade for cutting umbilical cords and a plastic bag for collection of birth waste.
The birthing kits were jointly donated by PIH (Pacific International Hospital) and Zonta International, a global organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
At the presentation yesterday, PIH deputy chairman Dr Mathias Sapuri said the kits were especially designed for women in rural areas, but since PMGH was constantly under a lot of pressure for helping mothers deliver, it would be of great help to the hospital.
It has been four years since such a donation was made.
So far, NCD, Central, Morobe and Gulf provinces have received the birthing kits and, by next year, West New Britain province should have received the kits.
Dr Sapuri said they were donating to provinces with high birth rates to support women’s health in PNG. A total of 150,000 kits had already been donated.
Meanwhile, Dr Sanjay Aggarwal, PIH medical director, said the hospital was committed to helping the community and said such efforts could help mothers in a big way.
“We are happy to help pregnant mothers deliver safely, with proper hygiene,” Dr Aggarwal said.