The National, Monday November 11th, 2013
By JAYNE SAFIHAO
PATIENTS requiring intensive care at the Modilon General Hospital will be relieved that some life-saving machines are now ready for use.
All they need is the services of an additional anaesthetic registrar to operate them.
The hospital management confirmed this when asked about the closed Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Numerous complaints have been received about its closure.
A source from the chief executive’s office said the hospital was gradually getting back the service after a prolonged closure due to defunct life-saving equipment.
Biomedical technician Samuel Moka has been trying to fix the machines.
“My priority was the ICU when I moved in. Ventilators, which are hooked to life support machines, patient monitors, infusion pumps, suction machines, defibrillators and ECG machines had been sitting idle over the years and they have now been fixed,” he said.
Moka said K200,000 from the K1 million budget had been used to obtain the machines.
The ICU ward will have three new ventilators from National Department of Health; four patient monitors – three new ones and one donated from Ramu NiCo – two new suction machines, two ECG machines and three new defibrillators.
Moka has fixed the machines in Rai Coast, Bogia and Sumkar districts.