In a momentous event last Thursday, the Ministry of Health officially received a health facility generously donated by the Solomon Forest Association (SFA). The new facility, constructed at a cost of nearly SBD 30 million, is set to enhance healthcare services with its private ward, children’s ward, and general outpatient services.
President Johnny Si, representing the Solomon Forestry Association, expressed his delight at contributing to the well-being of the Solomon Islands. Despite criticism surrounding the industry in which the SFA operates, Si emphasized that the facility serves as a gift to both the government and the people of the Solomon Islands. Si acknowledged the importance of such infrastructure, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlighted the need for improved medical services accessible to those who can afford them.
Dr. Culwick Togamana, the Minister of Health, shared his thoughts on the significance of this generous donation. He emphasized the pivotal role the new facility plays in advancing healthcare services and expanding options for the public. As the sole recipient and custodian of the donation, the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the National Referral Hospital, HCC Health Services, and other stakeholders, is committed to aligning the facility’s services with the Role Delineation Policy (RDP) and the National Health Strategic Plan 2022-2031.
“My sincerest acknowledgement to the SFA for the efforts and investment in officially handing over this facility. The onus is now upon us to own it, run with it and at the same time maintain it”, Dr Togamana said.
He said this event holds enormous significance for the health sector, as it showcases the government’s collective determination to enhance healthcare services and offer diverse choices to its citizens.
“While the recent pandemic has posed significant challenges to our health system, it has also presented us with opportunities for growth and improvement. The handover of this new facility stands as a testament to seizing such opportunities and further strengthening our healthcare infrastructure”, Togamana said.