Patients seeking medical treatment have been given open referrals and told to get medicine from private pharmacies in Kiunga, Western.
The Rumginae rural hospital administrator Philip Kapak said the hospital had been facing a shortage of medicines since February.
THE Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) yesterday opened a containerised X-ray unit at its Joseph Bana-Koiri Tuberculosis (TB) clinic to ease the load on the hospital’s radiology department.
The X-ray facility was set up through an initiative by the child TB project of the paediatric medicine of PMGH and was built at a cost of K500,000.
It was funded by the Australian department of foreign affairs and trade (DFAT) and the PNG Government.
THE demand for blood at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is high because of the increase in the number of patients, a doctor says.
Speaking during a blood drive hosted by Sesago Healthcare Ltd yesterday, PMGH blood transfusion services manager Dr Amos Lano said on average, 40 bags of blood were needed daily at PMGH (which equates to 90 to 100 people needing blood) but they were not receiving an adequate number of bags.
A DOCTOR says a man who died at the Sir Joseph Nombri Memorial Hospital in Kundiawa, Chimbu, last week had died of cancer and not from Covid-19.
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Guapo Kiagi said Charles Bolkum of the Awakane clan, Kamaneku tribe in Kundiawa-Gembogl had a sore in his rectum which developed into a cancer.
He was replying to Bolkum’s relatives who accused the hospital of not conducting a proper diagnosis on him before putting him in isolation as a person of interest.
Please do not stigmatise or discriminate our brother and sisters who have contracted coronavirus or COVID-19.
I am making this plea as we release news of a female woman from the Eastern Highlands Province who has been confirmed positive with COVID-19. We are running a second test on this patient as we have done for the seven persons already tested positive for best practice and quality assurance.
As usual, we will begin this brief with an update of the global situation in response to COVID-19.
Greetings people of Papua New Guinea.
It is my duty to inform you that we have another COVID-19 case in Eastern Highlands Province, bringing our total number of infected persons to 8.
Our most recent case is a 45-year old female, originally from the Eastern Highlands.
It has been reported that two weeks ago she developed fever and shortness of breath and body aches. She then presented herself to the Asaro Health Centre on the 12th of April and was immediately admitted at the health centre. She was managed for one week and improved.
Papua New Guinea has tested 559 out of 1521 samples collected for Coronavirus.
“Work at the Joint Agency Task Force National Operations Centre is progressing despite the quarantine of staff following the positive case of a frontline responder working here at the NOC.”
That’s from SOE Controller Commissioner David Manning in a COVID-19 update on Tuesday evening.
THE Covid-19 situation will cause stress and anxiety which can be managed, a doctor says.
Dr Uma Ambi, the acting director of the Social Change and Mental Health Service directorate, said stressful and anxious feelings were common responses to such a situation.
“Stress is your reaction to demands in your body, mind and feelings,” she said.
“Managed stress can become useful and healthy such as viewing events as challenges. Unmanaged stress can become unhelpful and unhealthy which lead to viewing events as threats.”
By Dr Sam Yockopua
In COVID-19 Disease, a POSITIVE rtPCR test means you have current infection.
By the 5th day of infection onwards, the immune system produce antibodies (IgM and IgG) that destroy the Corona virus, so you no longer have the virus, therefore, a NEGATIVE test result.
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