Between 300 and 350 babies are annually treated at NPICU, the ITU section for young children. Dr Paul Soler Resident Consultant at NPICU, revealed these figures during the presentation of a new machine to this unit by the Foundation Qalb it-Tfal.
The Foundation Qalb it-Tfal, which signifies Children’s Heart, is managed by Roderick and Liliana Cachia who organised a number of activities to raise funds for the purchase of a Cooling Cap System to be used by NPICU.
Roderick Cachia said that four years ago they had twins Pietru and Emilja Mari who were born prematurely and only weighed 800 grams which is less than one kilo each. He continued that for four months his wife and he had practically lived in the Department. It was thanks to the great efforts of the staff, including Parliamentary Secretary for Health Dr Chris Fearne who had operated on their son, that the twins were now four years old and in good health.
From that time onward the couple were determined to help the Department and had asked Dr Paul Soler to guide them on the Department’s needs.
Speaking during the presentation Dr Fearne said that beside this being a wonderful gesture because not only did the apparatus cost a lot of money and was highly needed, but because it also showed appreciation for the hard work carried out by the Department’s dedicated staff.
Dr Soler explained that the –Cooling Cap System cost €20,000 and was highly needed during child birth because it helped the newly-born’s brain to function and thus decreased the risk of brain damage which could result from brain asphyxia. It is estimated that between four and six newly-borns suffer from this complication during birth.