HCM CITY (VNS)— The Cai Lay General Hospital in Tien Giang Province and Can Giuoc General Hospital in Long An Province on Wednesday received medical aids for neonatal care.
The donations were made by East Meets West Foundation in co-operation with insurance firm Prudential. They were part of the Breath of Life 2013 Project carried out since March 6 at general hospitals in the Mekong Delta
The equipment package given to each hospital included a CPAP machine to treat babies suffering from respiratory distress, an LED phototherapy machine to treat jaundice and an infant warmer to help regulate the body temperature of premature babies, a light meter, a pulse oximeter, a two-year supply of alcohol gel and other neonatal medical supplies.
By strengthening neonatal care in these hospitals, the project hopes to reduce mortality among newborn and premature babies in these provinces as well as facilitate the transfer of sick babies to hospitals in HCM City and Can Tho City.
Dr Nguyen Van Nguu, head of Cai Lay General Hospital, said nearly 6,500 births take place in the hospital every year and among the newborn, 50 per cent are diagnosed with jaundice, 16 per cent have respiratory distress and 34 per cent of them are premature babies.
The biggest difficulty in treating the newborns was the lack of medical equipment, he said.
With the donated equipment and advanced training provided, the hospital can successfully handle serious cases of illness among newborn and premature babies, he added.
"The medical equipment and advanced training will enable us to provide timely, effective treatment to newborn patients in our hospital," said Dr Nguyen Van Bay, head of the Can Giuoc General Hospital.
Similar handover ceremonies at the Sa Dec General Hospital in Dong Thap Province and General Hospital in An Giang Province will be held on April 24. — VNS