Special Care Baby Unit

Very few hospitals provide focused neonatal services so we sometimes receive small preterm babies from government hospitals in our region.

Having our own electricity allows us to use a range of equipment to support these patients.  By western standards our facilities are very basic but we can keep babies warm, give them iv fluids and dextrose, provide phototherapy for jaundice, transfuse them if anaemic and give oxygen and simple continuous positive airways pressure [CPAP].  We have antibiotics and aminophylline [a useful respiratory stimulant to avoid apnoea of prematurity].  So there is plenty we can do though having very limited lab investigations means we are often using guess work to assess fluids etc.