BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
MEMBER of Parliament for West Honiara Constituency Namson Tran has stepped in to support three clinics with medical supplies as the country faces shortage in medicine.
Mr Tran rendered support to three clinics under his constituency including Mbokona, Rove Area Health Centre and White River clinic with medical drugs.
Yesterday West Honiara Constituency Constituency Development Officer (CDO) Brain Taupiri officially handed over the drugs to nurses in charge of the three clinics.
Taupiri says the medical supplies purchased by Tran are only to be distributed amongst the three clinics under his constituency.
“These medical supplies donated are basic medications which will provide support to treat patients until the National Medical store is back to normal.
“On behalf of Tran he said he acknowledges that this is a national issue, a crisis, a life threatening and the main focus is the National Referral Hospital (NRH) but he decided to do this for his own constituency,” he said.
Taupiri revealed the total cost of the drugs is $250,000 and this amount of money came directly from Tran’s personal funds purposely to help people under his constituency.
Acting City Mayor Eddie Ngava said “this donation is a very good gesture and I am sure the clinical officers of the three clinics are very grateful”.
He said the three clinics may be located in west Honiara, but they serve people from as far as west Guadalcanal.
Ngava reiterated that this is a national crisis and it’s everybody’s responsibility, which means not only medical supplies are given but all must try to live in a healthy manner to minimise the attention of going to clinics.
Geoffrey Hou Clinical Nurse in charge of Rove Area Health Centre on behalf of the three clinics said they are thankful and grateful to have received the medical supplies provided by Tran.
“Without these medical drugs other services we provide will not satisfy our patients but we hope theses donations will help us (health workers) to render better health services to the patients,” he said.