Equipment collected by Rotary Club for African hospital

Rotarians Stephen Evans and Andy Tomalin collect goods for Tanzania
Rotarians Stephen Evans and Andy Tomalin collect goods for Tanzania

Charitable Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotary Club has given a boost to a remote African hospital.

The hospital, on the island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, has a small team of dedicated and qualified staff, but very little funding or support from other sources.

A 40-foot container full of surplus hospital and community support equipment has been shipped from Yorkshire to Ukerewe, which is part of Tanzania.

A team of Pocklington and Market Weighton Rotarians collected surplus medical items donated by Spire Healthcare and the Hull NHS Trust.

This included surplus trolleys, couches, drip stands, monitoring equipment, filing cabinets and medical test equipment.

The equipment was then transported to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where, together with items from other hospitals, it was sorted and checked for medical and electrical integrity under the supervision of retired consultant surgeon John Philip.

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: “We wish to thank all who have helped with the collection for this worthy cause.”

In November, a 16-strong volunteer party will leave for Tanzania to install the equipment and provide support to the community.