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Spinal injury association receives $1.2m worth of medical supplies and mobility devices

The Spinal Injury Association (SIA) this morning received a consignment of medical supplies and mobility devices worth $1.2 million for Tropical Cyclone Winston assistance efforts from PhysioNet UK in collaboration with the Vodafone ATH Foundation. Vodafone Fiji’s chief marketing officer Mr Rajnesh Prasad said this was the ninth consignment to be handed over. PRASAD: “The donation has […]

Salote Qalubau

July 6, 2016 12:07 pm

The Spinal Injury Association (SIA) this morning received a consignment of medical supplies and mobility devices worth $1.2 million for Tropical Cyclone Winston assistance efforts from PhysioNet UK in collaboration with the Vodafone ATH Foundation.

(Sitting) Spinal Injuries Association Executive Director Joshko Wakanayasi and (standing) Vodafone ATH Foundation Executive Ambalika Dev, Vdaofne Fiji Limited Chief Marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad and Acting British High Commissioner Dave Jones with the consignment of items. (Vodafone Fiji Limited)
(Sitting) Spinal Injuries Association Executive Director Joshko Wakanayasi and (standing) Vodafone ATH Foundation Executive Ambalika Devi, Vodafone Fiji Limited Chief Marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad and Acting British High Commissioner Dave Jones with the consignment of items. (Vodafone Fiji Limited)

Vodafone Fiji’s chief marketing officer Mr Rajnesh Prasad said this was the ninth consignment to be handed over.

PRASAD: “The donation has been made possible through the dedicated work of Vodafone’s World of Difference candidate Joshko Wakaniyasi who initiated the move back in 2010 and has continued to deliver the consignment every year ever since.”

Mr Prasad said the nine consignments delivered to date has a total value estimated in excess of $10.8 million.

PRASAD: “These medical supplies and mobility devices are in great need by those affected by TC Winston and will be put to very good use for the benefit of people in TC Winston red zones.”

The consignment consists of:

  • Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Hospital gowns
  • Beds
  • Ward and operational accessories
  • Medical supplies
  • Children and women’s dignity packs
  • Mobility services

Mr Prasad acknowledged the efforts of volunteers and staff from Physionet UK for assisting in packing the items in the containers.

Acting British High Commissioner Dave Jones said he hoped the consignment would provide assistance to those who needed it the most.

JONES: “Supporting, empowering and assisting people with disabilities ensuring their recovery is an issue that is close to my heart. As many of you know PhysioNet has been working with SIA (Spinal Injury Association) to provide much needed equipment. I would like to pay tribute to the great work done by Joshko at the SIA in coordinating the distribution of the equipment across Fiji.”

“We at the British High Commission are very pleased and proud to be associated with this project and to raise awareness on people with disabilities.”

Meanwhile, areas that will be receiving the consignment of items includes:

  • Rabi
  • Kioa
  • Ba
  • Naitasiri
  • Lomaiviti
  • Tavua
  • Nadi
  • Savusavu

A container shipment containing mobility aid, appliances, and medical consumables worth $1.2million from the PhysioNet in the United Kingdom was today handed over to members of the Spinal Injury Association and the Fiji Council of People with Disabilities.

(L-R) Spinal Injury Association Executive Director Mr. Joshko Wakaniyasi, Vodafone Fiji's Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Andrew Kumar and The British High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Roderick Drummond with a cheque donation of $20,000 for the shipment expenses. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
(L-R) Spinal Injury Association Executive Director Mr. Joshko Wakaniyasi, Vodafone Fiji’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Andrew Kumar and The British High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr Roderick Drummond with a cheque donation of $20,000 for the shipment expenses. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Speaking at the handover was the British High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr. Roderick Drummond who said that this was the eighth container shipment so far.

DRUMMOND: “The $1.2million is the value of the shipment, it’s all reconditioned equipment. The $20,000 that was the donation from Vodafone is to help with the clearance and distribution of this equipment, so the value is huge but they have given us vital funds to enable it to be cleared with the customs and distributed.

Mr. Drummond said another 40-foot container is on its way to Fiji.

DRUMMOND: “The 9th shipment is on its way, its on the high seas it will be arriving in four to six weeks time and that will have a lot of equipments, but also consumables looking at things like colostomy bags, and specialised beddings for the disabled people, people who lost things during the cyclone.”

The British High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr. Roderick Drummond during the handover today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
The British High Commissioner to Fiji, Mr. Roderick Drummond during the handover today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

DRUMMOND: “It’s all collected by PhysioNet UK, which is a charity in the UK and they do this, they provide all of this and the consumables for free and they needed help from Vodafone to get that transported here and distributed but the value is huge.”

Mr. Drummond said specialized structures, specialized walking support, specialized wheelchairs of different conditions and motorized wheelchairs are some of the contents of the shipments.

The Executive Director for Spinal Injury Association, Mr. Joshko Wakaniyasi said he was very grateful for the donations and kind support.

WAKANIYASI: “It was a phone call from here to UK to start putting together this particular consignment. We had to look into something long term so far new equipments our people have lost all these things. They had already packed the container, and I had to raise the freight money in nine days, we needed about $20,000 for the consignment which is on its way in the waters.”

The Executive Director for Spinal Injury Association, Mr Joshko Wakaniyasi. (Peni Shute/Newswire).
The Executive Director for Spinal Injury Association, Mr. Joshko Wakaniyasi. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

WAKANIYASI: “It allows us to do more work, I spend longer hours in the office it prevents back aches for us, I am more comfortable, I can sit more relaxed. These are things that we are trying to do for Fiji and thanks to such partners in making that possible.”

Vodafone Fiji’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Andrew Kumar said the Vodafone Fiji ATH Foundation has contributed over $18m towards various programs since its inception in 2005.

KUMAR: “This handover marks the eighth consignment of the mobility aid and appliances together with medical consumables and other medical products donated by Physio Net.”

Vodafone Fiji's Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Andrew Kumar delivering his speech during the handover today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Vodafone Fiji’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Andrew Kumar delivering his speech during the handover today. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

KUMAR:  “Distribution of wheelchairs and various other mobility devices have been made possible in partnership through the Foundation’s World of Difference program with Spinal Injuries Association and PhysioNet out of UK.  The partnership between the Vodafone Fiji Foundation and SIA ensures the availability of the much needed mobility aid.”

“We at Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation applaud the efforts of Spinal Injury Association, PhysioNet UK and the other relevant stakeholder who has been continuously supporting in providing mobility, assistive and Physio equipments for persons with disabilities.”

The shipment included:

  • Wheel Chairs
  • Walkers
  • hospital Beds
  • Special needs equipment’s for children
  • Crutches
  • commodes
  • Diapers, Pads
  • Colostomy bags
  • Urinary Bags
  • Swabs, Specialized bed covers
  • Theater gowns
  • Masks

PhysioNet UK works in 10 countries around the world and has a strong partnership with Fiji.

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