District hospital gets medical supplies, equipment
By Bong Pedalino
Anahawan, Southern Leyte (28 October) -- A turn-over ceremony was held at the Anahawan District Hospital here Thursday, October 26, to finalize acceptance of medical equipment and supplies as part of humanitarian aid from the Rotary World Help Network (RWHN), the Rotary Club of Canada, and the Rotary Club of San Juanico (Tacloban).
It was learned that among the items received by the hospital were 20 units of wheel chairs, 30 hospital beds, and 114 pairs of crutches from the various Rotary Club donors.
A one dump-truck load of reference books was also received for some elementary schools in Saint Bernard and in Anahawan.
In her acceptance speech, Gov. Rosette Lerias said that the hospital would like to share some of the donated items that were in excess for their own capacity to the other hospitals of the province.
Gov. Lerias likewise mentioned the latest donation from General Electric for one unit brand new ultra sound machine, adding that this was in addition to the brand new x-ray machine earlier given at the height of the Guinsaugon tragedy.
It was the first-ever material donation extended by GE so far, Gov. Lerias announced.
Anahawan District Hospital became the center of activity days after the killer mudslide in Guinsaugon, Saint Bernard, a distance of about four kilometers, but treatment of victims and survivors can only be administered so much for lack of the necessary equipment.
“It began actually as a wish list being requested from us by the Anahawnons association abroad, particularly from Canada and the United States, when they saw the TV footages showing the victims of the Guinsaugon tragedy being hospitalized in our hospital,” Dr. Ernesto Cahoy, the Chief of Hospital recapped the memorable days of frenzy in February, 2006.
He said what followed was an exchange of e-mails until the “wish list” was realized.
The medical assistance can serve not only patients from Anahawan but from all the five neighboring towns of the Pacific area, from Saint Bernard to Silago, Dr. Cahoy added. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]