University of Otago donates $80,000 worth of supplies
The Ministry of Health has received a container full of medical supplies and equipment valued at $80,000from the University of Otago, New Zealand.
The donation was presented to the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, on Friday at Moto’otua.
“On behalf of the Government of Samoa, and those who will benefit from these gifts, I would like to acknowledge and to thank specifically the University of Otago for facilitating this gift,” Leausa said.
“I understand that there are many others who contributed, Southland District Health Board, Mercy Hospital, Balclutha and Timaru hospitals, ALSCO, Rotary and other generous individuals.”
The supplies and equipment donated included; laboratory equipment, clinical teaching equipment, surgical materials and equipment, trolleys with drawers, as well as hospital beds and mattresses to name a few.
On island to represent the University of Otago and handover their donation is the Manager of the Pacific Island Centre,Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai.
She was accompanied by Associate Dean, Faumuina Assoc. Professor Fa’afetai Sopoaga. They say Otago University is delighted to be able to help Samoa.
Present at the presentation was former Otago University student and member of the Council of Deputies, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia.