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His Majesty the King has officially opened the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Renal Unit at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital in an event held at the Mavuso trade centre, where the king expressed his pleasure at opening the units, which he said were another major step towards achieving the first world status.
This is a superlative ICU of nine bed capacity, divided in two sections, seven beds in the main unit and two isolation rooms. All the beds and rooms are fully equipped with state of art beds and equipment capable of providing various ranges of care to patients of all age groups from young baby, critical patients and the elderly. The bed side equipment available includes ventilators, vital parameter monitors, suction devices, and many more. A provision for dialysis has been made in the ICU main unit, and on the isolation room for critical patients in need of dialysis.
Beside the ICU, on the other wing of the building, is the Dialysis Unit, which comprises of eight machines of which six are in the main unit and two in the isolation rooms reserved for contagious cases such as hepatitis. This is part of the Ministry of Health’s efforts in collaboration with the Republic of China on Taiwan to have critical care services readily available around the country.
“It is very encouraging to see the hospital continuing to upgrade itself with state of the art medical technology in order to better serve the nation”, the king said. He said the facility would not have been achieved without the financial support from Taiwan. “ I am aware that your support with the health sector is much broader and is long term based”, he said.
The Taiwanese Ambassador Peter Tsai pledged continued support in the health sector by further strengthen the medical cooperation between the two countries thereby improving the health of the Swazi nation. “I believe that a good health system is vital for any country’s development that is why medical cooperation is one of the ways in which the Taiwanese government is assisting the country”, said Peter Tsai. He thanked RFM Hospital and government for the successful completion of this project and further wished them continued success in many projects to come.
MTN Swaziland donated two ambulances worth E1.2 Million to the RFM Hospital during this event to enable transport for patients that will need referral within or outside the country.
The chairperson of the board of trustees Dr Mildred Mkhabela expressed her gratitude to His Majesty government in cooperating in the partnership with the republic of Taiwan and MTN to support the development of medical facilities in the country. “We applaud the humanitarian assistance which will go a long way to sustain the lives Swazi people and all those in the country at any given time”, she said.
Dr Mkhabela says that the ICU will start at level two Critical Care and will later move to level three when the CT Scanning services are functional. She further mentioned that two doctors and one nurse from RFM went through two months of training in critical care in Taiwan and two nurses are currently in South Africa for a Diploma in critical care sponsored by government.
A specialist who will manage the unit has just been recruited. “I pledge that the ICU will be looked after and will be used to alleviate the pain that ICU patients go through as a result of all sorts of accidents and other ailments that require ICU attention” said Mkhabela.Entertainment was also provided by his majesty correctional services band and Sibhaca, RFM Lutsango, SANU Faculty of Health Sciences choral choir and many more.