US$66,182 in medical instruments and equipment raised through the Global Medical Instruments Support and Service Program of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Far East Memorial Hospital was donated today to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. This is in advance of next week Tuesday’s grand opening of the new pediatric and neonatal intensive care ward of the hospital, raised through the tireless fundraising of the Office of Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis-Barrow. Mrs. Barrow secured the donation on her recent visit to Taiwan, as explained by the Taiwanese ambassador to Belize, His Excellency Benjamin Ho.
E. Benjamin Ho: Ambassador of Republic of China (Taiwan) to Bze: It is through Global Medical’s support and service project. We raised a donation for all these equipment here including a surgery table, a surgical diagnostic table, some endoscope sets and some portable electronic device. This is being dedicated to the promoting of and receiving of one huge donation. This donation is a token of respect from the Taiwanese people.
The Global Medical Instruments Program, through the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, also dispatched a doctor and two nurses to Belize to train nurses in the PICU ward. It will send a further three experts to KHMH from the ninth to the 13th of November to train its medical technicians to operate the donated instruments, which range from surgery and obstetric diagnostic table to electrocardiographs and ultrasound device. Dr. Adrian Coye, chief executive officer of the KHMH, said that the interaction with the Taiwanese is even more important than the donated equipment.
Dr. Adrian Coye, CEO, KHMH: This is one of the newer initiatives that we are experiencing this year through a collaborative effort and initiative from the embassy of Taiwan. We have started a friendship with far Eastern Memorial Hospital. You would have seen in the media recently visits by their specialists looking for Renal Disease. We had hear of their prenatal intensive care unit and senior nurses who came again to give an assessment of what we’re doing and see how future collaborations can happen and we’re very excited about that aspect of it where the exchanges have happened. Exchange of knowledge and we see a future growth and friendship.
And Mrs. Simplis-Barrow expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the assistance.
Kim Simplis-Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children: We’re always very grateful to Taiwan for their generosity towards our people of Belize. Earlier this year I visited Taiwan, and many of you know that we’ve been fundraising for the completion of PQ NE Q. During my visit I received a commitment of the help with equipping the PQ NE Q and the day has come. We’re indeed very very grateful to the Embassy of Taiwan, the Ambassador, Ambassador Ho, Henry, and all the people of Taiwan for always being so generous and so considerate in assisting with our children of Belize.
The total cost of building and equipping the new unit is roughly $6 million, obtained through various fundraising initiatives including the “Light the Night for Kids” walk and events at home and abroad.