Healthcare

SSI success attributed to good community engagement

The project team advised that participation of the communities was one of the factors that led to the success of the TB Project.

A project overview was given yesterday on the Emergency TB Project (ETP) funded by the World Bank and indicated that communities embraced the TB Screening well.

Mammogram machine for WNB women

Today marked the commissioning of the mammogram machine by the women’s group working with the New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL).

The initiative to raise funds for a cancer screening machine began in 2016, after the group lost one of its members to breast cancer.

TB program proving successful

The systematic screening Intervention for Tuberculosis (SSI) by NDoH in the last 10 years has resulted in remarkable response in the improvement of TB indicators in NCD, with increased access to treatment and rapid diagnosis by affected individuals and communities.

AIDOCEAN treats 2600 in Gulf

AidOcean has been working in Gulf Province in partnership with the Gulf Provincial Health Authority, Gulf Christian Services and TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited (TotalEnergies), Operator of the Papua LNG project.  

AidOcean is an association based in New Caledonia and founded by Marine Bayer, a former French Navy helicopter pilot who became a nurse, 15 years ago. Wishing to develop health care in isolated areas, Marine, with the support of the Pacific Funds, set up the first mission in 2022, followed by a second in 2023. 

Gap between PHAs, political leadership

Of the 352 aid posts, 138 have been closed, according to a December 2023 report by the public health division of the Morobe Provincial Health Authority.

This is 46 per cent of the village health posts in the most populous and largest province.

In addition to that, the province has 55 health facilities in its 10 districts: 11 in Lae, 8 in Bulolo, 7 in Finschhafen while Kabwum, Menyamya and Tewai-Siassi have 6 each. Huon Gulf and Nawaeb have 4 each and Markham has 3. Most of them are in a rundown state and lack proper equipment and medical supplies.

Mobile ICU Ambulance saves

Taipan bites, notorious for their high fatality rate, threatened Sali's life with immediate peril.

Upon her arrival at Kwikila Hospital in critical condition, the clinic's medical team, joined by the Health Extension Officer, administered anti-venom to counteract the venom's deadly effects.

However, Sali's condition continued to deteriorate rapidly, necessitating advanced medical intervention to sustain her life.

Address public health

Dr Molumi revealed this during the commissioning of the Port Moresby General Hospital’s Kidney Dialysis Centre, recently.

He stated that the hospital would like to address public health at the forefront because when it is not addressed, the hospital is at the receiving end of the worst.

He said this is a result of a lack of knowledge and ignorance.  

New aid post a big help for community

This initiative is a collaborative effort by Save the Children’s Safe Children Healthy Mothers (SCHM) nutrition project, in partnership with the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority (PHA) and the local Sarkim community.

This commissioned aid post promises to have a profound impact on the health and nutrition of the approximately 1,300 residents of this remote community. Previously, they endured a grueling 2.5-hour trek to access medical services at the Wombisa or Kaukia Health Facility, leading to significant healthcare challenges.

Situm Health Centre receives medical supplies

The medicines & pharmaceuticals included amoxicillin capsules, paracetamol tablets, hand sanitisers, body infrared thermometers, pregnancy kits, a scale and several other vital instruments.

The delivery was made possible through the partnership arrangement with Nawaeb District under the leadership of Nawaeb MP, Theo Pelgen and with the assistance of Niugini Dirt Tours (Motorbikes).

Pelgen upon seeing the plight of the current situation at Situm Health Centre, immediately gathered resources to beef up the supplies and equipment for the health facility.

Local doctors given pediatric laparoscopic surgery training

Specialized healthcare requires high-specialized skills, medical equipment, instruments, drugs and consumables. Most of this expertise is not available in the country.

Last week, four Singaporean health specialists visited PMGH to conduct pediatric laparoscopic surgeries with the local team. The visiting team consisted of two surgeons and two anesthetists from KK Women's and Children’s Hospital in Singapore.