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Ministry of Health Palau receives Vital Medical Equipment for Babies

© UNICEF Pacific/2014
Minister of Health, Honourable Greg Ngirmang with UN Joint Presence officer, Sharon Sakuma and guests

SUVA, 09 July 2014 – A baby incubator and baby warmer resuscitation table was donated to the Ministry of Health in Palau last week. The vital medical equipment was placed in the maternity ward of Palau’s hospital.

The equipment is emblematic of UNICEF and the Government of Palau joint commitment to child survival and was presented on behalf of UNICEF by UN Joint Presence officer, Sharon Sakuma.

Ms Sakuma said “These donations are urgently needed as most of the hospital’s incubators and baby warmers are over twenty years old.”

While thanking UNICEF Pacific, Minister of Health, Honourable Greg Ngirmang said “I would like to take this opportunity to convey the Ministry of Health’s appreciation to UNICEF Pacific for its continued support and assistance to the Republic of Palau.  I would also like to thank Ms. Sakuma, from the UN Joint Presence Office for her hard-work in making this donation possible.”

He added “This very kind and timely donation of vital medical equipment will greatly improve our ability to provide the best care for our newborn babies.  The government of the Republic of Palau is grateful to UNICEF for their kind support and looks forward to reaffirming this partnership both within our nation and throughout the region for many more years to come.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our people.”  

Funding of the equipment was made possible through the New Zealand Agency of International Development.

About UNICEF: 

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: unicefpacific.org

For further information, please contact:

Donna Hoerder, Tel: +679 3236 100 dhoerder@unicef.org

 

 

 
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