By Alfred Sasako
ATOIFI Hospital has wrapped up its Health Expo and DVD launch in Honiara – part of its fundraising drive in support of the East Kwaio-based Hospital’s patients’ feeding program.
The feeding program began a few years ago with a donation by a Canadian couple. Atoifi Hospital used the C$5,000 (about SBD25,000) to establish the feeding program which is now costing around $50,000 a year to maintain.
A 57-strong troupe, comprising nursing staff, student nurses and other auxiliary staff descended on Honiara about a week ago for the DVD and Health Expo launch in aid of the feeding programme.
Some have since returned to Atoifi.
Those who remained in Honiara conducted a special session of the Health Expo for the staff of SP Oil on Sunday under the guidance of the Atoifi Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jason Diau.
The half-day session was conducted at the Anglican Church’s All Saints Hall in central Honiara. It is not clear whether SP Oil makes a donation to the cause.
This was after some staff who attended the initial Health Expo a week ago recommended that all SP Oil staff attend the program.
The Hospital’s fundraising drive reportedly raised more than $200,000 in cash donations from corporate, church and individuals.
Landing Craft (LC) Gulatata’e – the ship owned by the business arm of East Kwaio Constituency – is said to have topped the donor list with cash donation of $100,000.
The other big cash donors include, Mega ($10,000), Top Timber ($5,000), businessman Hudson Wakio ($5,000), Hon John M Fugui ($2,000) as well as mining company, Bintan Mining (SI) Ltd, which donated foodstuff.
A full list acknowledging the generous contributions towards the patients’ feeding program would appear in the paper later this week.
Meanwhile Dr Diau has thanked everyone for the support towards the patient feeding programme at Atoifi hospital.
“On behalf of the hospital administration, patients and relatives I would like to sincerely thank all the individuals/organisations who have contributed one way or another.
“I will convey all these donations to the Patients and relatives when the whole team is back at Atoifi later this week,” Dr Diau said.
Dr Diau also appealed for similar support to other faith-based hospitals in the country.
“We look forward to working closely with you and our other East Kwaio leaders as we support the health service work at Atoifi,” he said.