The Taiwanese government donated 17.5 million rand to the intensive care unit at Swaziland's Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital, which is part of the Swaziland Nazarene Health Institutions.
Nazarene hospital receives donation for ICU unit from Taiwanese government
Friday, January 21, 2011
Manzini, Swaziland
Swaziland's Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital received 17.5 million South African rand ($2.48 million USD) in December from the Republic of Taiwan for the completion of the intensive care unit and for purchasing equipment for both the ICU and the renal dialysis unit.

Taiwan government officials also donated 79 beds to the hospital, which is part of the Swaziland Nazarene Health Institutions network, and 8.75 million rand ($1.24 million USD) to the Rural Water Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy.

Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini received two checks from the Taiwanese government and said the money will now help the hospital equip and open the ICU, which is almost near completion.

The ICU is something the hospital needs to help save lives, but the facility expresses a contradiction, the prime minister said.

"While we desperately want it, we hope we never have to go in it," Dlamini said. 

During a special ceremony with the Taiwanese government, Dr. Mildred Mkhabela, chair of the Board of Trustees, Swaziland Nazarene Health Institutions, also thanked the Swaziland government for its support of the project, and went on to say the Taiwanese government has done more for SNHI than this donation.

"This donation follows many other expressions of support that we have received from the Taiwanese, which include the training of two doctors and one nurse to name a few."

RFM is a 350 bed regional referral and teaching hospital situated in Manzini, the hub of Swaziland. It occupies approximately 7,000 square meters in clinical buildings and 2,300 square meters in support buildings.

It was founded in 1926 by the Church of the Nazarene as an emergency intervention for health problems that were encountered at the time. It has expanded over the years, and now serves as a referral hospital for the Manzini region and further serves as a teaching hospital for the Nazarene College of Nursing (NCN) and other tertiary health training institutions.

Besides the hospital, SNHI also operates many health clinics throughout the country.
--Swaziland Nazarene Health Institutions
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