Pacific International Hospital

Cardiac surgery team to return

Drs. Vishal Gupta, Rajan Modi and Naman Shastri return every quarter to operate on the patients who are given a work-up by the PIH team of cardiologists so that the patients are emotionally and physically in the best possible condition to benefit from the surgery.

This is so that they can return happily and healthily to their lives – to their family, community and work.

The aim and the objective of the cardiac surgery program is precisely that – to save hearts in PNG so that patients can confidently return to pain free, fear free, peaceful and productive lives.

PIH celebrates women

Commemorating the International Women’s Day, the hospital ended the day with a second episode of "Women of the World - PNG Chapter".

Teaming up with EMTV and Moresby Arts Theatre, the evening saw a presentation of videos, music, dances and panel discussion.

The event, held at the MAT, attracted mostly heads of organisations in government and private sector, stakeholders and NGOs, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of PNG women.

Photo comp for inspirational women

This contest is to commemorate the International Women’s Day in March.

With the theme “A woman who inspires me”, participants are encouraged to submit 3 entries capturing a moment in life of a woman who inspires them.

It can be three entries of three different women, or three entries of one woman as the subject.

These photos should show the face of the subject and must portray perseverance, progress and courage.

The competition due date is midday March 6, 2018, so judges can determine the three winners to make the announcement on March 8.

74 eye patients treated

Despite the delay in the clearance of YWAM Medical Ship’s onboard doctors to operate, eye surgeries proceeded as scheduled.

PIH dispatched their full-time eye surgeon, Dr Vivekaraj Jairaj, to the YWAM Medical Ship, anchored at Kanzarua up the coast of Lae.

While on board for 12 days, the team operated on 74 patients.

Operations included cataract, pterygium (tery-gee-uhm) and eyelid surgeries.

4 successful open heart operations

The objective of the cardiac surgery program is to save hearts so that patients can confidently return to a peaceful, productive and pain and fear free lives.

The cardiac program started in 2015 and since then, has impacted the lives of over 30 Papua New Guineans suffering from heart defects.

On the occasion of its 3rd anniversary, patients shared their success stories and their experiences before and after the operations.

They said the alternative provided by PIH saved them and their families numerous costs and associated problems of going abroad.

‘Be a Hero’ blood donation drive a success

The Pacific International Hospital team interacted with more than 200 participants within the Vision City Mall, Port Moresby.

The team spread awareness about the various advantages of blood donation, answered queries and broke wrongly held myths about blood donation.  

“Blood donation can help burn calories and even reduce risk of cancer and liver diseases,” said PIH.

Cardiac surgeons to visit Port Moresby

The team from SAL Hospital, India, will be in Port Moresby and will be operating on patients who require complicated cardiac surgeries like coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), left ventricular repair, valve replacements, atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect closure, PDA closure, bental procedure, etc…

PIH report on late Ottio

A previous article incorrectly stated the date as January 8.

An official written statement released yesterday says late Ottio was critically ill when he was brought in by his guardians to the PIH emergency room at about 6pm on January 7, 2018.

He was transferred from the Gerehu Hospital where he was first presented.

The release states that the late Ottio appeared to be suffering from complications of a possible severe heat stroke.

Indoor cricket to start next weekend

President of the POMCA, Dean Ani, said the 2017/2018 season was supposed to resume this weekend but a decision was reached to defer it by another week.

“The round 10 draw will remain as it is with just a couple of slight adjustments,” he said.

“There are 2 more weekends before the finals. The men’s will be split next 2 weekends as they are a week ahead of the mixed division.

“This will enable finals in both competitions to commence 27 January 2018,” said Ani. 

Eye trauma leads to cataract: Dr Sultan

Dr Sultan is the director at the Pacific International Hospital, where they are spearheading a program to eliminate avoidable blindness in the country.

Currently as it stands, PNG has the highest rates in the region – 5.6 percent adults over age 50 are blind.

The recent Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB 2017) in PNG identifies cataract and refractive error as the leading causes.