Pacific International Hospital (PIH)

Residents get free eye-care service

The free eye screening was conducted by PIH Eye Surgeon Doctor Vivekaraj Jairaj and Optometrist Mainak Mondal at the LBL Western Medicare Clinic.

From the eye-screening, 58 required reading glasses, 35 required prescriptions for glasses, and the rest were suffering from cataracts and would be undergoing surgery.

Col. Sandeep Shaligram the CEO for PIH was pleased with the turnout and advised that both the glasses and the surgery would be conducted free of charge.

PIH supports quake relief

A highlight of the event included a Silent Art Auction where seven art pieces, contributed by various local artist and a photographer, were auctioned to the highest bidder. All proceeds went towards the recent earthquake relief.

“PIH is pleased to announce that a total amount of K4,000 was raised during the Silent Art Auction,” said the hospital in a statement.

“A cheque of K4,000 was presented to the Mission Aviation Fellowship, the NGO working for earthquake relief, on  April 18th at the Pacific International Hospital, Three-Mile.”

POM to join in on global movement

Gynaecologic cancer is an uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells that originate from the reproductive organs.

There are several types of gynaecologic cancers which include cervical, gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD), primary peritoneal, ovarian, uterine/endometrial, vaginal and vulvar cancers.

On behalf of the country, Pacific International Hospital is leading a walk on Sunday, September 24, to join the Globeathon to End Women’s Cancers.

Heart check: Screen camp coming to you soon

These camps are to identify heart related conditions in people.

This follows a successful three-day screen camp in Goroka last month, March.

PIH now aims to do this as a monthly exercise, free of charge, in main areas and inaccessible areas.

The idea to run this for free is too encourage people to come forward for screening without any fear, says Dr Suresh Venkita - Medical Doctor and Chief Physician (Cardiology and internal medicine).

PIH opens new fitness centre

Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS, Michael Malabag, said this during the opening of the new PIH Fitness Centre today.

“It is yet another milestone by PIH in their quest for advanced healthcare for PNG. Your body is the most priceless possession you have and you must take care of it.”

Malabag stated that the fitness centre will add yet another dimension to the patient rehabilitation and wellbeing at PIH.

New vision for Hela hospital staff

The Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) has partnered with the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) and a specialist eye team from Pacific International Hospital (PIH), based in Port Moresby, to conduct vision and cataract screening for HPHA healthcare staff.

Governor General in a critical medical condition

In a statement from the Government House Sir Michael was taken to Pacific International Hospital (PIH) on Wednesday and underwent regular medical checks, however, his condition deteriorated and he was admitted at the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

He was administered blood transfusion to stabilize his condition.

Sir Michael had undergone a coronary heart bypass surgery in Singapore in November last year. He has developed serious complications that warrant urgent medical treatment that is not available in the country.

Kidney stone specialist here to help patients

Pacific International Hospital has arranged for a Urology specialist from India, Dr Lionel Ganaraj to visit PNG for a week starting today.

Dr Lionel who has extensive experience of more than 20 years in the field of Urology with special expertise in kidney stone removal and transplant of kidneys says endoscopic removal of kidney stones is a procedure to remove one or more kidney stones using “Laser Lithotripsy.”

“This is using a laser to break up the stones.”

Weekly lifestyle update: Cancer-below-the-belt an ‘uncomfortable topic’

As statistics reveal, cancer is responsible for roughly 1,500 female deaths annually.

And with the demographic health survey saying that an average Papua New Guinean family size is four children, this leaves about 6000 children motherless yearly.

Cancer, particularly cancer-below-the-belt, is still a very uncomfortable topic to discus with women and even men.

But health specialists keep reminding us that knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small and easier to treat) may help save your life.