Hospital Gets Satellite Internet

Up and Running: The new satellite internet system for little Christmas Island in Kiribati is being installed by Marcus Crouch, owner of Antenna Sales and Service in Tyler Texas, while PIMA board member Joe Cuthbertson (at right) and a local volunteer offer help.

Up and Running: The new satellite internet system for little Christmas Island in Kiribati is being installed by Marcus Crouch, owner of Antenna Sales and Service in Tyler Texas, while PIMA board member Joe Cuthbertson (at right) and a local volunteer offer help.

The little hospital on Christmas Island, Kiribati, now has reliable satellite Internet communications, thanks to PIMA’s purchase of the system and installation by volunteers last month.

The hardware, purchased from Rural Internet Connectivity System (RICS) in Australia, was flown to Honolulu earlier this year, then shipped to Christmas Island aboard the sailing vessel Kwai.

PIMA volunteers Marcus Crouch and Joe Cuthbertson joined organization president Carlton Smith on Christmas Island last month to install and activate the system.

Smith said the system will now connect the isolated little hospital on Christmas Island with the outside world and hopefully be used by the doctor and nurses there to connect with specialist U.S. physicians who have offered to volunteer their services when requested.

“This is indeed a great achievement,” said Kiribati Health Minister Elliot Ali. “Please convey my big thank you on behalf of the Ministry of Health to all members of the Pacific Islands Medical Aid team for all the generous support that they have rendered to our people in that part of Kiribati,” he said.