Earlier this month, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over equipment to state central hospitals and the National Center for Maternal and Child Health of Mongolia to support diagnostics and treatment services.
The equipment, worth 600,000 USD, were donated through the Cardiovascular Center, MCH and E-Health expansion, MON/005 National Program, funded by the government of Luxembourg and UNFPA. Four-day workshops are being organized to teach doctors and medical staff how to use and operate the equipment at the hospitals.
During the official handover ceremony, Health Minister A.Tsogtsetseg promised to focus on improving maternal and child health services and to do everything possible to improve their accessibility and quality. She underlined that UNFPA has played a major role in improving health care and services in Mongolia and expressed gratitude on behalf of the ministry and Mongolian public for donating medical equipment, which is believed to contribute significantly in the development of the health sector.
Representative of UNFPA Mongolia Naomi Kitahara responded that the efforts of the Mongolian Ministry of Health to improve maternal and child health is highly appreciated by UNFPA and remarked that it was possible to support projects to improve quality, accessibility and cost of health care and services provided at soum hospitals.
A total of 132 equipment and devices were distributed to local hospitals, in particular 21 fetal echocardiography apparatus, 21 patient monitoring devices, four pulse oximeters for infants, two infant incubators, 22 newborn phototherapy devices, 42 automatic pumps and syringes, 13 neonatal nasal continuous positive airway pressure therapy apparatus, four sets of laparoscopic device and instruments, a comprehensive set of medical mannequin and necessary tools for training, a remote diagnosis and distance learning network server, and a distance learning video imaging, lighting and voice recording equipment.
These equipment came with 1,600 guidebooks and handbooks on midwifery infection clinical guidelines, telemedicine for maternal, child and women’s health, and down syndrome.
As mentioned at the ceremony, UNFPA is currently carrying out projects to develop national capacity on quality maternal and women’s reproductive health care at tertiary and secondary levels of care through the introduction of advanced services on prenatal diagnostics, high risk pregnancy management and sub fertility treatment.