Fremantle: Notre Dame university students to deliver needed medical equipment to Vietnam

Medical student Ishi Lath and other Notre Dame students are raising funds and receiving donation for Volunteer Vietnam.
Medical student Ishi Lath and other Notre Dame students are raising funds and receiving donation for Volunteer Vietnam.

FOR the University of Notre Dame’s second year medical students, a trip to Vietnam in November is anything but a holiday.

Ishi Lath is part of Volunteer Vietnam, a student run charity which raises money and collects medical equipment for a clinic in Vietnam.

She said the charity began ten years ago.

“The clinic is run by Dr Phan and his wife, he trained in France and is a vascular surgeon,” she said.

“He is running this free clinic for people who cant afford treatment, there are lots of HIV patients.”

A group of students will travel to the country to deliver medical equipment and Miss Lath said she was excited to go and see how the stuff will help.

“Last year’s students were saying how they got there and within an hour of being at the clinic the IV fluids was put to use to save someone in the middle of surgery,” she said.

“This year we are brining an ECG machine, blood pressure monitors, sterile fields.

“Currently they are using the inside of sterile gloves to lay the patient to make it sterile, it’s the best they can do.”

The Inglewood resident, who is the publicity officer for the charity, said she didn’t realise how bad the situation was.

“When I first got involved it was from the perspective I want to help people, go to another country and see what the healthcare is like,” she said.

“I feel like that is something I can take away I have done something in my life that was out of, that wasn’t something to do with myself but for other people.”

If you would like to donate head to https://chuffed.org/project/volunteer-vietnam-2018