24 Aug 2009

Surgery for remote parts of Solomon Islands

5:49 am on 24 August 2009

An American doctor heading a team of medical professionals volunteering their expertise for a fortnight in Solomon Islands says they will have the capability to undertake surgery in remote parts of the country.

The San Diego based Loloma Foundation, which has been providing free medical services in Pacific outer islands for the past nine years, will be in Tulagi, Peava, Munda, Tetere, and Honiara over the first two weeks of September.

Dr Eileen Natuzzi says they have sent ahead a 13 metre container with the equipment needed to undertake surgery such as gallbladder removals and mastectomies.

"It contains anaesthesia machines, electro-cardiac machines, all of our surgical instruments which have been prepackaged and sterilized, as well as all kinds of medication, anaesthetic agents and what not. So, basically everything is there, so we bring it in, set it up and we leave behind some of the items for each of the provincial hospitals."