A CARDIAC team at the Port Moresby General Hospital is the first in the country and they are committed to stick as a team.
Paediatric cardiologist Professor Nakapi Tefuarani, who has been involved with the Operation Open Heart program since the start, told this newspaper yesterday it needs a team to provide a successful cardiac service and there is already a highly trained team at PMGH that is willing to ensure this service is set up.
"Cardiothoracic surgery is a team work. It’s a whole lot of people who have been trained - we have 21 years of experience. We have operated 900 patients. We know our mortality rate is very low,’’ said Prof Tefuarani.
He said the training over a period of 21 years through OOH would continue because Australia’s OOH team and Singapore’s Sing Health would continue to come every year which would ensure the training of personnel for the unit continues and multiplies.
"It is growing and it will not stop,’’ he said of the nuclear staff that has already been formed to run the cardiac service.
He said PMGH has trained staff who can do cardiac surgery and provide intervention cardiology services such as angiogram when this unit is set up.
Prof Tefuarani is currently the executive Dean of the University of Papua New Guinea and School of Medicine and Health Sciences and informed this newspaper that as far as he knows there is no other well trained cardiac team in the country as that at PMGH.
He said the training of this team had been funded mostly by the business houses and the community through OOH and challenged the Government to wake up and make a commitment to support the set up of this unit.
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