Senahasa Trust has provided 6 incubators, respiratory equipment and a portable incubator following the destruction of the neo-natal unit at the Mahamodera Hospital. This project cost over £35,000. All six were in use straightaway. The neo-natal ward is set up temporarily in one of the only parts of the hospital still used extensively by patients. It is hoped that they will move the ward and the equipment to the new Mahamodera Hospital which will be built inland over the next two years.
A premature baby, born at 29 weeks, using piped oxygen
The new infusion and syringe pumps in use
Senahasa has also provided the neo-natal ward with essential equipment such as baby stethoscopes, emergency lamps and torches, and nasal prongs to supply oxygen without using masks. These are not expensive items but each has significantly improve the standard of care given to these very sick babies.
Senahasa has also supplied piped oxygen, syringe and infusion pumps to provide accurate dosage for prem babies and a centrifuge for blood analysis. These will also have a significant impact on the quality of care for these premature babies.
Due to the proximity to the sea, the delicate equiment in the neo-natal ward is being damaged by salt deposits and require constant maintenance. Consequently, Senahasa sealed the unit and install air-conditioning.
Baby in bonnet in neo-natal unit
Olga Gibb knitting bonnets in the UK
Other facilities have been improved including providing the ward with a dedicated areas wash nappies and sheets and clean equipment. They werw all washed and dries in the same sink in an open corridor. And most recently a new ceiling has been added to an adjacent ward.
We have also provided clothes, bonnets, and blankets for the tiny babies. Dulcie, the tailor we helped, made the clothes; Prilly Crowther and Olga Gibb knitted the bonnets and blankets in the UK. Without these gifts, many families would have nothing to dress their babies in when they finally take them home.