The Solomon Island Samoa Community has assisted the National Referral Hospital (NRH) with aluminum chairs and cleaning detergents through a charity donation, following some months of fundraising.

The SI Samoa Community members met with the NRH Chief Executive Officer, Dr. George Malefoasi and his team at the Hospital’s car park, to hand over the donated items.

In welcoming the donation, Dr Malefoasi acknowledged the support and said, “NRH is greatful for the donation, and the aluminium seats will support immediate needs at the Emergency Department (ED) and outpatient waiting area to replace the wooden stools which have been a focus of reports from the public."

“The cleaning detergents fits in well with the Hospital's infection prevention control measure,” Dr Malefoasi added.

He said the NRH have had difficulties getting rid of bed bugs; hence these aluminium seats should stop their breeding and feeding on people using the seats.

The Samoa Community (SC) aid supports the NRH’s collective responsibility to deliver basic hospital service needs and attend to hospital facilities and service improvements.

This has been the focus of the SC, to provide support to Solomon Islands Communities where possible and therefore started raising funds from fundraising activities this year to help achieve their objectives. Some of which include, Hospital resource support, Church communities and Environmental assistance projects.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, President of the SI Samoa Community, Mr. Yohni Fepuleai said, "The charity donation to the Solomon Islands biggest hospital fulfills one objective of the SI Samoa Community, which is to provide hospital resource assistance where needed.”

He also thanked the NRH Staff for their service to the country’s community health, more importantly the ongoing preparation and response to the national impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Samoa Community, which comprises 11 families, aspire to continue with fundraisers with the hope of providing more assistance to those who need it the most. The SI Samoa Community would like to sincerely thank all their sponsors and supporters for their invaluable support throughout their fundraisers.

Source: Press Release