The handover of a high flow nasal oxygen unit was driven by GMSA’s Employee Benefits Division through its Health and Wellness programme. According to recent studies pneumonia and respiratory illnesses are responsible for the largest number of childhood deaths in South Africa. Malaine Hop Hing, GMSA Human Resources Manager, Benefits and Services, said one cannot put a price on human life, hence GMSA put their financial muscle behind such an import and life-saving project.
“We believe that the high flow nasal oxygen unit can make a difference in the lives of so many children who suffer from respiratory illnesses,” said Hop Hing.
Doctor Donna Stokes, Chief Executive Officer at New Somerset Hospital, said with the new equipment staff are now able to stabilise children quicker, shorten their hospital stay and lessen the anxiety of having to receive treatment.
“Since we received the high flow machine, we used it on five children between the ages of 6 months to 10 years, with conditions including asthma, bronchiolitis and pneumonia.
“Medical staff and parents have all been amazed by how quickly the children settle and breathe easier. One of the nurses has labelled it ‘the miracle machine.’ We feel empowered to be able to treat our young patients and offer them a world class service.”
The high flow oxygen unit warms and moistens the airflow making it easier for the young patient to breath. The machine also provides them with a more comfortable experience enabling their lungs to operate habitually, stokes explained.