By Mavis Nishimura Podokolo

GIZO hospital in Western Province this week received medical gifts worth AUD10,000, it is reported.

According to Dr Mike Buin, surgeon at the Gizo Hospital, the medical gifts received ranges from crutches, operating theatre equipment, gowns, kids’ toys, books and medical trolleys.

“The Gizo hospital team have received medical gifts worth AUD10,000. 

“Gifts range from crutches, operating theatre equipment, gowns, kids’ toys, books and medical trolleys. A big thank you to our friends and volunteers from Australia, Dr Tutuo and your team for the gifts to Gizo Hospital. 

“We hope to get over this pandemic soon so that you can come and visit us again,” said Buin.

He said Dr Narko usually volunteers to Gizo hospital as part of Doctors Assisting in Solomon Islands or DAISI, now known as Doctors Assisting in the South Pacific Islands. 

“You can check out their website.”

Buin adds that usually DAISI has about two to four tours to Gizo Hospital per year where specialist surgeons come and operate.

“However, due to the covid-19 situation, all surgical tours in 2020 were cancelled. And, 2021 tours are also uncertain and likely to be no DAISI tours for this year as well,” said Buin.