Donation of AUTOCLAVE to Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka
In August 2011, AMDA in collaboration with Taiwan-International Health Action (TaiwanIHA) conducted 134 free Cataract operations at Jaffna Teaching Hospital in northern Sri Lanka, devastated area by nearly 30 years of civil war that ended in 2009. The operations were performed at the department of ophthalmology of Jaffna Teaching Hospital. The hospital was lacking proper sterilizing equipment at that time. On their return to Taiwan, the doctors reported the situation to TaiwanIHA and in turn the donation was planned.
The Donation ceremony was conducted on the 21st of June 2012 at the department of ophthalmology of Jaffna Teaching Hospital. Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Chapter Chairperson of AMDA Sri Lanka, surgeons and staffs of the department of ophthalmology, a coordinator from AMDA HQs in Japan were presence at the occasion.
At her opening speech Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital expressed her appreciation for the much needed and useful equipment for the hospital. Following her speech Chapter Chairperson of AMDA Sri Lanka officially handed over the Autoclave machine to the Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital.
Director of Jaffna Teaching Hospital officially started the machine to see it in operation. Finally appreciation letters were handed over to AMDA and TaiwanIHA, and the staff of the department of ophthalmology expressed their thanks to the support.
Following the mission in Jaffna in August 2011, AMDA has finished another two free cataract operations in the east and south part of Sri Lanka. AMDA is planning the fourth cataract operation in August 2012 in the hill countries of Sri Lanka.