The WHO gives critically important equipment to the NRH’s Ear,Nose and Throat (ENT) Department

The WHO gives critically important equipment to the NRH’s Ear,Nose and Throat (ENT) Department

Posted by : frank short Posted on : 14-May-2021

Early this week the NRH’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department received three new examination headlights from the WHO.

The WHO’s assistance to the National Referral Hospital was reported in today’s Solomon Times Online, from which I quote.

ENT nurse, Mr. Selwyn Fakewai explained the importance of the examination headlights. “This equipment is critical to our department as it enables us to visually observe and assess for any infection, inflammation or other health issues and conditions in patients, ear, nose and throat to provide appropriate treatment”.

He further explained, “The examination head lights are frequently used thus are very easy to wear out as we have experienced in our department and at times we had to resort to other means which are less effective. Therefore, these new head lights provided is greatly appreciated and will be used immediately”.

Recently, WHO also handed over an X-ray machine to NRH which has further added to the capability of the hospital to conduct examination of the inside of the body mainly bones and joints including detection of other problems affecting internal organs.”

NRH Medical Superintendent Dr John Hue expressed sincere gratitude towards WHO for the items provided stating that this is part of the broader support of WHO towards building capacity and enhancing capability of the hospital to effectively and efficiently deliver much needed services to the people across the country referred to the hospital.

“Thank you so much WHO”, stated Dr John Hue.

The Officer in Charge of WHO Solomon Islands Office, Dr Sonja Tanevska in handing over the items highlighted that WHO is pleased to be supporting the ENT department with the examination headlights. “We are aware of the importance of this equipment towards the ENT and following discussions with the team, the lights were noted as urgent needed for the department thus our pleasure to be providing the support”.

Dr Tanesvska assured of WHO’s commitment to continuously support the hospital and the overall health sector of the country to ensure relevant capacity and capabilities are in place to serve the people.

End of quote.

Sources: Press Release, Ministry of Health and Medical Services and Solomon Times Online.


The equipment support for the hospital’s ENT Department from the WHO is much appreciated and especially in terms of broader capacity building the ENT Department is still needing.

In the context of capacity building, I arranged for the ENT Department to receive free hearing aids from the Ear Science Institute in Western Australia but a nurse working in the ENT Department said the hospital did not have the capacity to service and hdearing aids that could be gifted.

At that time Dr J Hue the Medical Superintendent felt the hearing aids should be accepted and steps taken to obtain donor support to obtain the capacity to be able to service the hearing aids.

Perhaps, the WHO could further assist the NRH with the means of servicing hearing aids so that the Ear Science Institute’s offer of free hearing aids might be given further consideration.

The SI death community have been said to be the most neglected when considering the needs of those considered to have a physical disability.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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