POSTNATAL PATIENTS CAN NOW ACCESS CONTINUED CARE PLEASANTLY

Head Nurse John Richardson admiring the newly refurbished bathroom at the post-natal ward. Photo credit: Rosalie Nongebatu.

Head Nurse John Richardson admiring the newly refurbished bathroom at the post-natal ward. Photo credit: Rosalie Nongebatu.

Postnatal patients at the National Referral Hospital can now access continued care in a more pleasant environment – thanks to the newly refurbished postnatal ward at the Hospital.

The ward was officially opened last Thursday during a visit by the Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Steven Ciobo.

Speaking at the opening, the Supervising CEO of the National Referral Hospital, Dr Roger Maraka said before the refurbishment, termites had eaten away the ward’s ceiling, walls and timber frames.

“The refurbishment included a lighting tower on the roof which will allow for light and ventilation, toilet and shower, nurses station, nurses rest room, kitchen procedure and storage room and a doctors’ room, and in this hospital there are about 300 beds and in the refurbished ward has the capacity of nine to 10 beds.”

The Hospital CEO also said the refurbishment means postnatal patients now have access to continued care in a more pleasant environment.

“So the recent improvements mean that our patients will access continued care in a more pleasant environment. Such improvement will help promote maternal and child health. You might ask, how can this current improvement improve child health? The conditions for patients to be admitted to a special care nursery is neonatocensious which is an infection in the newborn and they can get this from the environment they are in or if there is no clean environment, so this refurbishment will help remove such problems in our hospital.”

SIBC News understands the refurbished ward is one of the 20 projects of the National Referral Hospital.

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