Port Moresby General Hospital

Inmate on the run

Bomana Correctional Institute is appealing to citizens to report any sighting of the escapee.

Moses Maina escaped from the Port Moresby General Hospital on 23 May after he was taken there for medical treatment on orders of the National Court.

Bomana Correctional Institute Commander, Haraha Kiddy Keko, said the inmate is still on the run and has appealed to citizens to report to either CS or police if they do sight Maina.

The Commander can be contacted on 7212 0579 and 7660 7100. 

An order for his apprehension has also been issued by the District Court.

No contractor can build level 7 hospital: NDA

“This is a concern now,” says the President of the National Doctors Association, Dr. James Naipao.

Dr Naipao was referring to the Port Moresby General Hospital redevelopment plan.

“The Board of PMGH and Management might think otherwise. This statement stands to be corrected if otherwise there is one.

Betelnut linked to sudden death

Now, chief of Emergency, Doctor Sam Yokopua, Department of Health, has warned that betelnut chewing can cause sudden cardiac death.

This awareness comes after seeing numerous sudden deaths at the Port Moresby General Hospital Emergency Department (ED), most with the history of chewing betelnut and suddenly collapsing.

While this may come as a shock to many, Dr Yokopua gives a medical explanation of this cause.

Dire implications in health sector outlined

Shortages in human resource, unavailability of supplies and inadequate infrastructure have led to very low access and utilisation rates.

According to the World Bank Group report, in 2016 only a third of women had access to modern contraceptive methods, 54 percent of pregnant women attended at least one antenatal care visit and only 40 percent of women delivered with the assistance of a skilled birth attendant.

More worryingly, coverage of basic health services such as immunisation is declining.

PMGH receives endoscopic instruments

Urology is a Greek terminology referring to "within the body organ".

The endoscopic equipment donated today by the Chinese Government consist of a gastroscope, which looks into the stomach, colonoscopes for the intestines, cystocopes for the bladder and urethroscope for the kidney.

This donation is based on the partnership between the Republic of China and Government of PNG dating back to 2002.

PMGH CEO Dr Umesh Gupta said the hospital receives donation from China yearly.

Last year it was ultrasound machine and some medicine.

POM sorcery attack victim being treated: Dr

Head of the Emergency Department, Dr. Sam Yockopua, confirmed that she was brought in and has been attended to.

Dr Yockopua said the elderly woman sustained scratches and minor cuts to her body after being dragged on the ground. She also suffered a knife wound to the head.

He said she received minor burns which are not life threatening.

The ER Head said the woman will remain at the hospital and receive treatment and psychological support.

She is expected to remain at the hospital until she is in a stable condition.

PMGH’s first Christmas baby!

This new baby from Western Highlands Province makes Rachel Jeff a mother-of-four this Christmas.

Other than her 6-year-old boy, Rachel’s other two children, boy 13 and girl 9, were also born at the PMGH labour ward.

She had a normal birth without complications, after going into labour at 6pm on Christmas Eve. 

Jeff said the family is yet to name the baby.

More than an hour later, Sebastian Samastin of Southern Highlands was born, weighing 3.9kg, making him the second Christmas baby.

By 5am, the Labour ward recorded seven Christmas babies for 2017.

PM opens new K300,000 TB clinic

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, when officially opening the K300,000 new TB clinic at the Port Moresby General Hospital today, said although there are many challenges faced in the sector, the Government continues to overcome the issues amicably.

With this new TB facility, the Port Moresby General Hospital can now be able to treat TB patients straight away after the TB lab test and x-ray results are done on the same day.

The facility consists of a TB clinic and pathology lab.

​Clinic gets new private counselling room

The Clinic serves over 50 clients daily; who come from within the National capital District, Central and Gulf Provinces. Since January, the clinic has registered over 6000 clients, mostly women.

“From the consultations we have, family planning is not openly discussed by families. The clinic staff offer family planning advice and counselling services,” said Sister in Charge, Mary Maniwavie.

“We did all our consultation at a table, but we saw that there was a need to have a private consultation room to do counselling and allow our clients to freely discuss their issues.

​Doctor’s assault: Police officers need to own up

Dr Berry was assaulted, without good reason, on May 31, where he suffered major injuries to his head and face. His car was also ransacked while being impounded at the Waigani Police Station.

While some progress into the case has been made, Police Internal Affairs Directorate director, Chief Superintendent Robert Ali, told Loop PNG that evidence is needed to point out the officers involved.