DESPERATELY NEEDED biomedical equipment including defibrillators, infant incubators and sonogram machines are en route to Papua New Guinea.
The humanitarian shipment of four “containers of hope” was made possible through grants from ExxonMobil and Maersk Line.
The containers are filled with more than $1 million worth of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment which will be invaluable in helping hospitals and clinics deliver reliable and safe healthcare to communities throughout PNG.
Equipment such as incubators and birthing beds will assist reduce infant mortality in a country where rates are high. Equipment taken for granted in western countries, such as defibrillators and ultrasound machines, will end unnecessary suffering and death.
The MediSend organisation is committed to the highest standards in the repair and distribution of medical equipment. All equipment is either new or has been completely refurbished.
MediSend employs a unique model of sustainability by combining medical distribution with training and technical support programs. It has trained 10 certified biomedical equipment technicians for hospitals in PNG, who will ensure that life-saving biomedical equipment can be used to save lives and prevent suffering.
The technicians are trained and equipped to properly install, repair, maintain and calibrate essential biomedical equipment and to instruct doctors, nurses and healthcare providers in its proper use.
In addition to biomedical equipment, 10 mobile biomedical equipment test and repair kits are included in the containers headed for PNG. Each kit has a value of $20,000 and all MediSend technicians' hospitals will receive a kit, essentially a modern biomedical repair laboratory.
The kits contain over 4,000 laboratory repair tools, supply items and state-of-the-art test and calibration equipment critical to the repair and maintenance of biomedical equipment.