SFA donates close to us$11,000 to pay for the shipment of urgently needed hospital beds

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DEAR EDITOR, earlier this month I wrote a letter to the local media in which I requested donor support in shipping 100 hospital beds needed urgently at the NRH, the Buala Hospital and the main hospital in Malaita province.

Although a MOU exists between the SIMOHMS the government cuts in the medical services budget has meant there is insufficient money to cover the freight charges for the much needed hospital beds and the reason I found it necessary to appeal for help.

I am very pleased to be able to announce that the SFA’s President and Board has, once again, stepped in to help and an invoice for the early shipment of at least 94 hospital beds sent for payment by the SFA.

The beds are now being collected from contributing hospitals in New Zealand by my partner charity, ‘Take My Hands’ and as soon as sufficient numbers of beds are delivered to TMH’s Auckland depot, they will be packed in two 40 foot containers and shipped to Honiara for early distribution to the three hospitals.

I express my sincere thanks to the SFA and to TMH for supporting the appeal and to the local media for publishing news of the appeal that I launched.

Yours sincerely

FRANK SHORT

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