The items being donated to SMMC.
CAY HILL–A number of medical hurricane relief items donated to St. Maarten by the United Family Reproductive Association (UNFPA) were turned over to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) recently.
UNFPA donated the items as a part of a relief package to St. Maarten. The donation included Emergency Reproductive Health Kits (ERH Kits and is intended to cushion the effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The items donated included ERH Kit2, which are clean delivery products for use by birth attendants, which can treat 10,000 women for three months; ERHKit5, which are for the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) to diagnose and treat STIs for three months for 10,000 people; ERH-Kit6A, which are clinical delivery assistance- reusable equipment for three months to treat 30,000 women; ERH-K6B, which are clinical delivery assistance – drug and disposable equipment for three months for 30,000 women and Kit 9, which are structure of tears (cervical and vaginal) and vaginal examination to provide care to 30,000 women for three months. The pre-identified target groups/vulnerable groups for the UNFPA relief project include persons with no insurance; unemployed/low income persons with no insurance; the unemployed, persons with no insurance and persons below the age of 18.
Representatives of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs VSA and Health Minister Emil Lee handed over ERH-Kits: Kit 2; Kit 6A; Kit 6B and Kit 9 to an SMMC representative. The kits are to assist with deliveries of vulnerable pregnant women affected by the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
ERH-Kit 5, which contains medication and material to treat STIs, will be shared amongst physicians, who have indicated their interest to be part of the UNFPA relief project. Recipients of the donation will have to report on a monthly basis on the use of the medical items to Collective Prevention Services (CPS) and CPS in turn will have to report to the UNFPA on the use of the relief items within the pre-identified vulnerable groups. Kits are to provide sexual reproductive services and/or care to the vulnerable groups identified with the anticipation that the relief can assist in alleviating some of the financial costs (expenditures) associated with providing local Sexual Reproductive medical care/services.
“St. Maarten is grateful for the continued generosity and support received from various organisations and individuals both locally and abroad. This continued support is an important part of the country’s recovery efforts,” Lee was quoted as saying in a press release.