Laloki Psychiatric Hospital

New start for Laloki hospital

Health and HIV/AIDS Minister, Elias Kapavore, gave the assurance during a surprise visit to Laloki on Monday.

Kapavore, with Sir John Cardinal Ribat, who is also the chairman of the Mental Health Board, paid the staff of Laloki Psychiatric Hospital a surprise visit on the 29th of July, where he announced their new acting CEO in Dr Losavati Daugunu.

Address our issues or we resign: Doctors

The hospital’s workforce structure is one of those issues.

The Director Medical Services at Laloki Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Ludwik Nanawar, says the hospital needs restructuring.

He said the restructure is important to address severe manpower issues the hospital is facing.

“Our manpower ceiling is 160. We have 27 vacancies. In terms of doctors there are only five of us, two specialist and three trainees,” stated Dr Nanawar.

“In fact, one of the trainees we trained has already graduated this year but can’t have a job because we don’t have a position for her.”

PNG in very serious health crisis: Minister

Shadow Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Joseph Yopyyopy, has called for swift and appropriate Government action to prevent the further deterioration of PNG’s most basic and essential health services.

He warned of catastrophic consequences resulting from Government inaction whilst noting that the PNC-led Government drastically cut health spending for the past three years, including 2017.

Yopyyopy cited most recent instances, including:

Mental health in the workplace vital

Dr Ludwig Nanawar from the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital said the take home message from this year’s theme is; a mentally healthy workforce aids quality productivity and output in an organisation.

During a person’s adult life, a large proportion of their time is spent at work.

Experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining the overall wellbeing.

Psycological First Aid is theme for Mental Health Day

Efforts in support of the day focused on basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role whether they are health staff, teachers, firemen, community workers, or police officers.

The Laloki Psychiatric Hospital will be holding a gathering tomorrow with their staff and patients to celebrate the World Mental Health Day which was deferred from Monday.

Besides the theme of the WMHD for this year, speeches will be made highlighting main constraints that is hindering effective mental health services in the country. 

Doctor slams O’Neill’s plan on foreign doctors

Director of Medical Services of Laloki Psychiatric Hospital, Dr Ludwig Nanawar said the registration of foreign doctors is the function of the Medical Board of PNG, governed by the Medical Registrations Act and not politicians and their bureaucrats.    

Dr Nanawar said Cuban doctors must be fully registered before they can come and practice in the country’s health system.

“They can come in later when they have been duly registered.

Court directs action to call doctor in psychiatry case

Justice Panuel Mogish instructed state counsel from the Public Prospector’s office to produce the doctor’s details to the court on Friday.

Specific directions will be given by the court to the doctor to appear on Monday and inform the court on treatment progress and the status of six psychiatric detainees at Bomana Correctional Institute.

The detainees; Epa Hawaya, Ishmael Binimo, William Soni, Mata Seke, Kenny Wombun and Oxy Mark were supposed to be brought to Laloki for treatment however they has not been done.

Court orders repatriation of psychiatric detainees

All these detainees were transferred from various towns in the country to get treatment at the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital.

The court today ordered the CS Commissioner to repatriate eight of the detainees on or before November 30.

Failure to repatriate one of the detainees listed for repatriation will result in the Commissioner being charged with contempt of court.

Justice Panuel Mogish issued the orders after the Correctional Service officers at the institute updated his court of the detainees' records of time served and treatment progress of each patient.