As remote as an export project can be
Marbodal is a kitchen producer. In this case they delivered some kitchenware, probably not the largest delivery they’ve ever made, but it was certainly the most faraway. The kitchen was built in the Camogli Healthcare Centre on Tristan da Cunha, an archipelago in the South Atlantic and one of the most remote places in the world.
The new hospital was funded by the UK Department for International Development. The intention was to allow more procedures to be performed locally by visiting specialists, reducing the need for expensive referrals to Cape Town, 2 816 km east of Tristan da Cunha.
The kitchenware was shipped by cargo ship from Malmö, Sweden, with a stopover in Cape Town, South Africa. The island has no port that could take the freighter, so the delivery had to be brought in by helicopter – weather permitting.
There are normally two expatriate doctors on the island who provide 24-hour cover. There are also usually two expatriate and four local nurses, two dental technicians, a hospital manager and ancillary staff. The medical staff deal with day-to-day medical matters, handle emergency cases and undertake minor surgery. More complex and severe cases are transported to Cape Town for treatment, as are all expectant mothers prior to their deliveries.
A ceremony to open the new Camogli Healthcare Centre was held on Friday 9th June 2017, at 3 pm, when a ribbon was cut by the eldest islander ‘Aunt’ Ellen Rogers, 99 years old at the time.