Modular building to replace the former rehabilitation workshop at the NRH en route to Honiara
The former rehabilitation workshop at the National Referral Hospital NRH) will soon be replaced a metal framed, modular building complete with insulation and an air-conditioning unit.
The old wooden building that was used as workshop for making of artificial, or prosthetic limbs, became derelict due to white ant and termite infestation, leaving hospital patients that had undergone surgery for the amputation of a lower limb dependent on a walking aid, such as crutches to gain some degree of mobility.
Following a local appeal to assist the NRH and patients that had suffered the loss of a leg through diabetes or injury, the Solomon Islands Forest Association (SFA) kindly supplied 300 metal crutches most recently to the NRH and to several provincial hospitals.
A second appeal also found the SFA willing to go the extra mile in procuring a modular building to enable the NRH to once again begin manufacturing and providing prosthetic limbs for the many patients that have gone for years without the means of mobility, that using crutches was unable to satisfy.
The modular building in prefabricated parts is now in shipment aboard a cargo vessel and is expected to arrive in Honiara quite soon.
Once the prefabricated parts are delivered to the NRH, the modular structure will be re-assembled on site.
I take this opportunity to thanks the SFA Executive for once more aiding the work of the NRH and the MHMS.