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Canberra Hospital propping up a vicious racist dictatorship?

By johnboy - 30 July 2009 18

The ABC has an interesting story on Canberra Hospital donating old equipment to hospitals in Fiji:

    Incubators, humidicribs, ventilators and an anaesthetic machine will be shipped to a hospital in Suva and two others on the Fijian Islands.

    Dr K Nadana Chandran is part of a team of medical staff from Canberra that travels to Fiji each year.

    “There are certain medical requirements that make the Hospital update its equipment and get rid of the old ones, so though they are being got rid of they really are serviceable and of use in other places,” he said.

Given that there is no shortage of needy places where this equipment would be much appreciated should the ACT, perhaps, be considering donating it to somewhere not ruled by a racist clique of military thugs?

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Canberra Hospital propping up a vicious racist dictatorship?
Danman 2:09 pm 30 Jul 09

Tentative link at best…

One mans trash is another mans treasure simple as that..They need it, we do not.

misspris 1:49 pm 30 Jul 09

dvaey said :

misspris said :

Agreed, why take a philanthropic gesture and pick it to pieces? I think the important thing here is that someone will obviously benefit from ACT Health’s generosity.

Im not saying the gesture is bad, I believe that we should be help developing nations in whatever ways we can. However, have we not been bombarded with fundraising campaigns to buy more of these humidicribs and incubators, since (according to the fundraising blurbs) we dont have enough? Theres a difference between being philanthropic when youve got plenty to give away, but for the hospital to come begging to Canberra citizens for money to buy equipment, maybe they should be thinking twice about just giving it away.

If the ACT public are donating money to Canberra hospital appeals to buy these things, I think the public would expect it to be staying locally. If Canberra hospital wants to raise money to assist with healthcare in other countries, that is admirable, but its unfair to fundraise under the guise that ‘Canberra needs xyz’, then we give xyz away to third world countries. It will certainly make me think twice about ever donating to these sorts of things again, to consider if it is staying locally or heading overseas.

I can see your point but I think what Dr Chandran was saying is that obviously this equipment doesn’t meet accreditation standards here in Australia which is why they’re giving it away. I suspect if there were no accreditation issues and that the equipment was still useable that TCH would continue to use it.

ant 1:04 pm 30 Jul 09

There’s a lot of grass-roots efforts to send 2nd hand stuff to Fiji and other tiny, poor nations. Sporting clubs holding drives to collect old sporting gear, i know of individuals collecting used clothing to send them. Someone was rounding up old sewing machines so the ladies could earn money doing piecework. I’m glad this stuff isn’t being thrown out and that some people can get use out of them.

If we find their government distasteful, imagine how they find them?

cantanga 12:41 pm 30 Jul 09

dvaey said :

Hang on, theyre giving away incubators and humidicribs? Didnt they just have a big fundraising effort to get more of this equipment, as apparently the ACT didnt have enough? Have all these fundraising efforts lately by the hospital and media organisations, simply been done in order to upgrade equipment which was already working, simply so the older stuff could be sent overseas?

I could be wrong but isn’t all the fundraising for mobile humidicribs. They are getting rid of the old non-mobile ones from what I can gather.

Thoroughly Smashed 12:34 pm 30 Jul 09

dvaey: I imagine there would also be complaints if the old equipment was kept, perhaps along the lines of “why is the old, outdated equipment being used on my child” etc.

gun street girl 12:22 pm 30 Jul 09

Essentially, I think the subtext is that only third world countries would accept these resources second hand – any first world country probably wouldn’t deem them appropriate for everyday use as the technology and useability has been superceded.

I’m also not 100% sure, but I believe a lot of the medical and nursing staff who go on these trips do so in their own time – so it’s important to acknowledge their individual generosity as well, rather than have ACT Health steal their glory.

YouWhat 12:10 pm 30 Jul 09

Excuse me? Humanitarian aid for the people of a country is “propping up a vicious rascist dictatorship?” Are you really that poorly informed that you equate the two?

We, and every other developed nation on the globe, send humanitarian aid in many different forms to non-democratic countries. The people of those countries need the help – often precisely because their own government can’t or won’t. We don’t cross our arms and look away because we disapprove of the government that they have no voice in; that’s so beside the point it’s off the scale. Aid is directed to where it is needed.

Basic human compassion – fail.

dvaey 12:10 pm 30 Jul 09

misspris said :

Agreed, why take a philanthropic gesture and pick it to pieces? I think the important thing here is that someone will obviously benefit from ACT Health’s generosity.

Im not saying the gesture is bad, I believe that we should be help developing nations in whatever ways we can. However, have we not been bombarded with fundraising campaigns to buy more of these humidicribs and incubators, since (according to the fundraising blurbs) we dont have enough? Theres a difference between being philanthropic when youve got plenty to give away, but for the hospital to come begging to Canberra citizens for money to buy equipment, maybe they should be thinking twice about just giving it away.

If the ACT public are donating money to Canberra hospital appeals to buy these things, I think the public would expect it to be staying locally. If Canberra hospital wants to raise money to assist with healthcare in other countries, that is admirable, but its unfair to fundraise under the guise that ‘Canberra needs xyz’, then we give xyz away to third world countries. It will certainly make me think twice about ever donating to these sorts of things again, to consider if it is staying locally or heading overseas.

Whatsup 12:06 pm 30 Jul 09

An outstanding gesture by TCH.

It nice to see humanity win over politics. Yes the ruler is a thug however the people need help such as this.

misspris 11:41 am 30 Jul 09

Igglepiggle said :

It is past its useby date for a first world country but will be much appreciated in Fiji where the alternative is none!

Agreed, why take a philanthropic gesture and pick it to pieces? I think the important thing here is that someone will obviously benefit from ACT Health’s generosity.

mkativerata 11:28 am 30 Jul 09

What a ridiculous opening post. Criticist Bainimarama for whatever reason you like, but one thing he is certainly not racist.

Igglepiggle 11:22 am 30 Jul 09

It is past its useby date for a first world country but will be much appreciated in Fiji where the alternative is none!

dvaey 11:00 am 30 Jul 09

Hang on, theyre giving away incubators and humidicribs? Didnt they just have a big fundraising effort to get more of this equipment, as apparently the ACT didnt have enough? Have all these fundraising efforts lately by the hospital and media organisations, simply been done in order to upgrade equipment which was already working, simply so the older stuff could be sent overseas?

caf 10:50 am 30 Jul 09

I won’t argue with military thugs – Bainimarama has well and truly jumped the shark. But racist is unfounded – his military coup was originally triggered by the attempt to offer amnesty to the plotters in the earlier George Speight coup, which was itself the racist one that couldn’t handle an ethnic Indian as prime minister.

Pandy 10:36 am 30 Jul 09

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