Nelson ships aid to Vanuatu hospital

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A container filled with 5.3 tonnes of hospital equipment is making its way to Vanuatu thanks to a Nelson charity.

The Nelson-based South Pacific Moana Hospital Trust filled the container with 100 pairs of crutches, 20 hydraulic beds, 20 toilet and shower chairs, 15 bedside tables, 10 bags of bed linen, five wheelchairs, four stainless steel trolleys and two dental compressors.

Some of the equipment is for the Vanuatu Amputee Association, but the majority will go to the Vila Central Hospital and the Presbyterian Church Vanuatu Health Services team.

Lieutenant Commander Matt Kaio says the navy are transporting the container on the patrolling HMNZS Wellington which set sail this morning.

“We got tasked to transport the equipment to Port Vila as we were scheduled to carry out fisheries patrols in the region. We are pleased that we will be able to deliver the equipment where it is needed,” says Matt