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Rotarians and partners help heatlh service with donations

Rotarians and health staff beside the ambulance donated to the Ministry of Health at Vaiola Hospital. Photo: RCN

NUKU’ALOFA-April 2: 1.12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Ministry of Health’s service has been boosted by a donation from the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa and its partners last week at the Vaiola Hospital in Tofoa.

A Rotary sponsored Toyota ambulance, range of biomedical equipment and training have been presented and done with the Vaiola Hopsital by the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa (RCN) in working with the Rotary Club of Noarlunga East, the South Australian Ambulance Service, the South Australian Rotary Clubs (Tailem Bend, Blackwood, Cormandel Valley, Campbelltown, Noarlunga and Hallett Cove),  Rotary Donations-in-Kind and the Tongan community in Adelaide, who provided the contents and helped with the packing of the 40 foot container.

The keys being handed over to the ambulance drivers. Photo: RCN

The keys being handed over to the ambulance drivers. Photo: RCN

RCN President Peter Poulsen said the total project is estimated at A$70,000.

During the official hand over, Dr Lisiate ‘Ulufonua, Medical Superintendent, extended the thanks of the Minister, Chief Executive Officer and staff to the two representatives, Jeff Candy (Project Coordinator from RC of Noarlunga East) and Keith Driscoll (Executive Director Clinical, South Australia Ambulance Service) as well as to the members of RCN.

He recongnized how this is part of the ongoing partnership between the hospital and South Australian Ambulance Service which started in 2009.

This relationship was built out of the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa initiated relationship between Vailoa hospital and St John of God hosptial in Ballarat, which has been running for over two decades.

Dr Lisiate emphasised how these partnerships help support government’s objective for universal health coverage.

Inside of the ambulance. Photo: RCN

Inside of the ambulance. Photo: RCN

Mr Candy and Mr Driscoll both explained how the ambulance is a modified Toyota van to specifically fit the needs and maintenance capacity in Tonga.

It is hoped that it will allow the ambulance to operate effectively for a long time.

The other equipment was also specifically identified by Mr Semisi Finau, Bio Medical Engineer, Ministry Of Health who had visited Adelaide to help the team ensure that the equipment included in the shipping container was appropriate and relevant to the needs in Tonga.

Training will also be provided by Mr Candy and Mr Driscoll in the use of ambulance and equipment.

Dr ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, Chief Dental Officer (and RCN Director Internatioanal) delivered the final vote of thanks recognizing the collective effort that had gone into bringing the project to fruition, and the ways in which the RCN can support these relationship with overseas clubs.

Following the presentations, staff from the Ministry, and members of the Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa inspected the new ambulance and witnessed the hand over of the keys to the ambulance drivers.



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