University of Otago donates to Samoa’s Health Sector

Samoa’s Ministry of Health has expressed gratitude for a donation of medical supplies and equipment valued at ST$80,000 from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Speaking on behalf of the Government of Samoa, MoH Director General, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, acknowledged the importance of the equipment for Samoa.


“On behalf of the Government of Samoa, and those who will benefit from this gift, I would like to acknowledge and to thank specifically the University of Otago for facilitating this donation".


Many other health facilities were also happy to contribute to the project. Namely, the Southland District Health Board, Mercy Hospital, Balclutha & Timaru hospitals, ALSCO, Rotary, as well as other generous individuals in New Zealand.

Medical supplies and equipment that were donated included laboratory equipment, clinical teaching equipment, surgical materials, trolleys with drawers, as well as hospital beds and mattresses.   

Represent the University of Otago at the Official handover was Manager of the Pacific Island Centre, Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai and Associate Dean Faumuina Professor Faafetai Sopoaga.

The kind donation aims to better equip the NHS with equipment that is essential to the quality care of patients at the National Hospital in Motootua.



Photo supplied: Caption Donated medical equipment being off-loaded by NHS staff.



Shivani Sharma