Volunteer American doctors in Madang

Two volunteer doctors from the United States are currently in the country, carrying out a rural medical outreach program at Gama LLG in Madang Province.

Gama is one of the least developed areas of the Usino-Bundi District of Madang.

The outreach program kicked off yesterday, and will be conducted from February 13-16. It is carried out by a five-member team of medical doctors.

The program reaches out to vulnerable people who are unable to access basic health services.

The medical team consists of the two Americans, one eye specialist from Madang and two doctors from the Kundiawa General Hospital.

Dr Marc Richmond is from California and Dr Maury Krystel comes from North Carolina.

Dr Richmond ran his family practice at Irvine, California, for quite some time. He retired in January this year as the Regional Medical Director for Blue Shield California based at San Francisco and Costa Mesa, California.

Dr Krystel ran his very successful private dentist practice at Orlando, Florida, for a long time and, now retired, lives in North Carolina.

The doctors will then travel up to Snow Pass, Bundi, to officially launch the Kumura Foundation on February 18.

The key focus of the foundation is to provide better education and healthcare for the disadvantaged people of Bundi and engage them in developing community-based projects to help improve their livelihood.

The doctors will then pay a courtesy visit to the Kundiawa General Hospital and attend a formal presentation by the Simbu Children’s Foundation (SCF) President, Jimmy Drekore.

The volunteer work and outreach program is an initiative of the 2016 Digicel PNG Foundation Men of Honour Community Ingenuity Awardee, Vincent Kumura.

Kumura said he hopes good things will unfold for the Simbu Children’s Foundation as a result of their visit. 

Quintina Naime