Japan Ambassador to Palau Toshiyuki Yamada and Director Ngirachisau Mekoll of the Bureau of Hospital and Clinical Services of Belau National Hospital (BNH) signed the grant contract for “The Project for Procurement of ICU Vital Signs Monitors for Belau National Hospital,” valued $48,700, under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan and witnessed by Director Merur from the Bureau of Nursing and other BNH personnel on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

Out of more than 2,000 patients admitted to BNH every year, almost 10% are in critical condition and require ICU monitoring. However, current vitals monitoring equipment and set up in medical and surgical ICUs and step-downs are not adequate enough to treat the patients in a timely manner. There are bedside trolleys which record the patients’ basic vital signs, but these are not sufficiently alarmed or centralized. Therefore, doctors and nurses have to keep looking at the patient and its monitoring screen constantly.

In light of this, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant BNH vital signs monitors including patient monitors and central stations. The new central station will now alarm if there are any abnormalities in the patients’ condition. Furthermore, this will contribute to early detection of patient deterioration, appropriate diagnosis and treatment, and reduction in overall patient mortality and costs of treatment.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Yamada expressed his hope that the implementation of this project could improve patient safety in BNH. Director Mekoll expressed deep appreciation for Japan’s assistance and emphasized the importance of granted equipment.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of February 28, 2019, the Embassy has signed 77 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455. (PR)