Church donates $70,000 to M.O.H.
The Congregational Christian Church Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has donated $70,000 to the Government, specifically two Ministry of Health (M.O.H.)-run hospitals and the National Kidney Foundation.
The Government Press Secretariat advised in a press statement issued on Monday that the Government through the M.O.H. received an annual donation of $70,000 from the Tautua Puapuaga o Tagata (T.P.T.) of the church.
A formal presentation of the monetary donation was made on Monday morning by the president of the T.P.T. Teki Uilelea to the Minister of Health, Valasi Tafito Selesele.
The beneficiaries of the church's donation are as follows: $10,000 – Samoa National Hospital at Moto'otua; $10,000 – hospitals in Savai'i; $30,000 – National Kidney Foundation (N.K.F) at Moto'otua; and $20,000 – National Kidney Foundation (N.K.F) at Tuasivi in Savai'i.
The Minister thanked the T.P.T. of the church on behalf of the Government and expressed his gratitude for the generosity shown to the two public hospitals as well as the N.K.F. facilities both on Upolu and Savai'i which he said will go a long way in sustaining the life-saving services offered to the local residents.
According to reports, Chronic Kidney Disease is now recognised as one of the fourth major cause of death in Samoa after ischaemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Close to 400 patients received long-term haemodialysis in the N.K.F. of Samoa since its inception in 2005 until August 2019, according to a report published in December 2020 in The Lancet medical journal.
The report in the medical journal stated that prior to 2005, "Samoa had reached a point where it was dialysing six patients in New Zealand at a cost of approximately USD$1.3 million per year, which was 5 per cent of the Samoa health budget at that time."
The C.C.C.S. is reportedly Samoa's largest denomination in Samoa with a membership of over 70,000 and recently celebrated 192 years of the arrival of Christianity at Sapapalii.
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