Photo: Peter Langslow, Managing Director for Steamships, making the presentation to Amanda Anderson, Head of Finance and Administration at Oil Search Foundation.
The Steamships Trading Company has donated K100,000 to Oil Search Foundation (OSF) for the purchase and delivery of essential medical equipment to the provincial hospitals of the Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.
The generous donation will be used to purchase three electrocardiogram machines and one defibrillator for the hospitals.
Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority (SHPHA), Dr Joseph Birisi, and his Hela counterpart, Dr James Kintwa, thanked Steamships for the donation and OSF for its part in ensuring the donation and medical equipment reaches the provincial hospitals.
The two provinces were the hardest-hit in the February 26 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, displacing thousands and causing extensive damages. Health facilities in the two provinces have also suffered damages.
“We have suffered extensively in the earthquake and welcome any help that is forthcoming. We are truly grateful for this thoughtful gesture that will be saving lives in our hospital and thank Steamships Trading Company on behalf of our people for this donation,” said Dr Birisi.
“Our health facilities and health workers have been at the forefront of relief operations even though most of them were
also affected by this earthquake and this donation will be a big moral boost for them,” Dr Kintwa said.
Steamships Trading Company, which has diversified operations in shipping, property, hotels and manufacturing, said it was pleased to be able to help the provinces and their people recover from the massive earthquakes.
“Our thoughts are with the communities at this time and we are pleased to be able to contribute to the recovery efforts by providing this life saving equipment,” said Peter Langslow, Managing Director of Steamships.
The Foundation will deliver the medical equipment to the two provinces as a matter of urgency.