Health

Ailing Kosipe population needs attention

This call comes from two health officers who walk the rugged terrains of Woitape to reach remote Kosipe and treat malaria patients there.

Mathew and Mary Kamo, a husband and wife team, mostly work on their own but the weather during the past few months has made traveling difficult in reaching and treating the sick.

Mathew said they have had to brave the tough weather conditions despite having limited medicines and manpower.

Near empty medicine cabinets

The Kavieng MP and shadow Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey, reconfirmed reports by health workers on ground that vital drugs are not available.

Ling-Stuckey visited the Puas Sub-Health Centre in the Lavongai LLG, where he asked the sister in charge and her able second in charge whether they had any antibiotics.

“No sir, they all ran out two months ago and we don’t expect any more supplies until March 2019,” he was told.

“I also asked whether they have any anti-malaria tablets. ‘We have one and a half week’s supply then we run out completely’.

Hela health facilities under restoration

ExxonMobil PNG, operator of the PNG LNG Project, is investing K2.3 million to rebuild and equip three local health centres in PNG LNG project areas in Hela Province.

This is part of its ongoing support to invest in infrastructure improvements and support earthquake affected communities.

The Mananda and Para sub health centres are managed by the Evangelical Church of PNG (ECPNG) while the Juni sub health centre is staffed and operated by National Department of Health through the Hela Provincial Health Authority.

PNG health-related laws under review

The three-day workshop was opened on November 5th by Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu.

The workshop, led by the Health Department and co-funded by the government of Australia and Oil Search Foundation, provides an avenue to consult stakeholders in a review of all laws that establish health sector governance and arrangements for health service delivery.

Speaking to participants, the Health Minister said structural issues are some of the factors that hamper service delivery in PNG.

The best care at Susu Mamas

Turkai received the news from a midwife at Susu Mamas, a non-governmental organisation focused on family and youth health services. Her first child was born via caesarean, which put Turkai in a higher risk category for her second child, due in November.

“Of course I was worried when they told me I was a high-risk mother, but I was also confident I would get the best care at Susu Mamas,” said Turkai.

“Now, with my baby nearly due, I’m at ease. They monitor me regularly and keep close track of how my baby is doing.”

Better health services for PNGeans

In partnership with the National Department of Health, Australia is supporting Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS) and Anglicare to widen the health services offered at standalone sexual and reproductive health clinics across 18 provinces.

This is a true partnership, with Australia funding staff salaries and operations of facilities, PNG Government paying for medicines and the Catholic Church Health Services providing facilities.

Rebuilding health infrastructure in Hela

Member for Koroba-Lake Kopiago and Minister for Immigration & Border Security, Petrus Thomas, presented a cheque of K200,000 of district funding to support rehabilitation works at the Koroba District Hospital.

This was at an event on Friday 7 September in Port Moresby, also attended by Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis and Oil Search Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Copus-Campbell.

Polio centre revises campaign after Engan cases

The second round of the special polio vaccination will be extended to nine provinces; this is 3 times the coverage of the first round.

The National Emergency Operations Centre for the Polio Outbreak Response announced that the second round of the vaccination campaign will include the 3 initial provinces of Morobe, Madang and Eastern Highlands, and extended to Enga, Simbu, Southern, Western, Jiwaka and Hela provinces.

Chinese medical ship anchors in POM

This was evident in the number of people in Port Moresby who turned up for a chance to access free and expert medical care offered by the Chinese military.

This newsroom confirmed that over a thousand patients with different medical queries have been referred from the PNG Defence Force and Chinese Medical Officers stationed at Murray Barracks since Thursday.

Similar figures are expected from referral sights in Taurama and Gerehu.

Yesterday, dependents of military personnel were attended to.

Arawa Hospital officially opens

From 2015 to 2018, the Australian Government provided K33.8 million for the upgrade of the then Arawa Health Centre to a district hospital. Under the partnership arrangement, the Autonomous Bougainville Government purchased equipment for the hospital at a value of K4 million.

The hospital was officially opened on Friday, June 29th, by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, John Momis, and Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bruce Davis.