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PRESS Announcement  - UNDP/PFF- 210/12

New hospital equipment ensures better services

The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme - Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) are very pleased to invite you to the inauguration of the renovated ESWL urology unit (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy System) in the Nicosia Hospital, in the northern part of Cyprus.  The inauguration ceremony will take place on Friday October 12 at the ESWL room in the general hospital main building (basement floor) at 10am.

The improvement works to the hospital’s urology unit were funded by the European Union through UNDP Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF) in response to the severe damages caused by the exceptional floods of 2010, which had irremediably damaged the hospital’s equipment.
Thanks to EU funds of approx. 192,550 Euros, UNDP-PFF was able to provide technical assistance for the design of new service rooms and for the procurement and instalment of ESWL equipment.

The state-of-the-art new urology unit brings modern, high-quality healthcare services to kidney stones patients in the northern part of Cyprus.   Since the opening of the new unit in April 2012, the new equipment has been already used approx.550 times, and out 92 patients, 76 have been successfully treated thanks to the new equipment.

Several new services and equipment, including a urology table, C-arm, shock-wave and ultra-sound equipment, lead aprons and neck protections, as well as a new observation room, waiting room, and a kitchenette were also made available in order to provide integrated services.  Some of the equipment components such as the ultra sound machine are dismountable and can also be used by other hospital departments in case of emergency. 

Besides upgrading the ESWL unit and procuring all the necessary equipment, UNDP Partnership for the Future also organised trainings for doctors, nurses and hospital technicians to ensure a correct and safe use of the new equipment, which is more efficient and requires less maintenance than the equipment destroyed in the flooding.

This project is financed by the European Union under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community. For more information contact UNDP Partnership for the Future at the e-mail below or visit our Facebook page!

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