Mother and child healthcare in Vilnius
In Lithuania, Mr Burkhalter visited the Vilnius Children's Hospital. Switzerland's enlargement contribution to Lithuania is helping to improve conditions for women giving birth and their newborn babies. In the maternity wards of more than 20 hospitals, it is helping to train healthcare professionals, modernise the infrastructure and improve energy efficiency:
• The first set of new medical equipment will be installed in the Vilnius Children's Hospital in August 2013. By 2016, healthcare professionals in the hospital will have attended several training sessions to learn how to use modern technologies. A comprehensive database with patient data is currently under construction.
• To improve energy efficiency and the indoor climate, Lithuania is modernising – with Swiss support – the children hospital's ventilation system, the medical oxygen supply systems and the energy supply. This includes the installation of energy-saving LED lamps. The invitations to tender for the construction and supply contracts, which are necessary to implement the project, have already been issued.