ST John Ambulance chief executive officer (CEO) Matt Cannon says they will be deploying an ambulance special operations team (Asot) to support the police in the Highlands.
The team will compromise of a health extension officer, two registered nurses and three ambulance officers, supporting the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) airborne tactical unit in providing public safety and response to critical medical emergencies in the highlands.
He said Asot members will be deployed out from Kundiawa and Port Moresby stations.
MEDICAL supplies in Gulf have run out of stock since the onset of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, an official says.
Gulf health authority (PHA) acting chief executive officer Hohora Suve said: “We’ve been aware of the medical drug shortage for some time now due to underfunding of the area medical store by the Government.”
Suve said so far, up to K70,000, had been spent by the authority and despite all odds, they were prepared to use more funds from the authority.
“The authority is prepared to dig deeper within its resource pool to ensure that hospitals and rural facilities throughout the province are equipped with basic medical supplies,” he said.
POMGEN TO CONDUCT FIRST KIDNEY TRANSPLANT NEXT YEAR
The Port Moresby General Hospital and the PNG Kidney Foundation are attempting to conduct the first transplant service for kidney patients in-country, next year.
The country's only Nephrologist at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr. Steven Bogosia says the number of kidney cases in PNG is rising at an alarming rate, however, PNG lacks the facility and expertise, including the legal framework, to provide transplant service.
In a historic milestone for the country, a Papua New Guinean has opened a first-ever nationally owned retail pharmacy - Tali's Pharmacy located at the Unity Mall, in Port Moresby.
Pharmacist Myrtle Piokole, who has been in private practice for over thirteen years saw the need and tapped into the space with her business partner - Dr. Sarah Kiniafa.
Mrs. Piokole says, venturing into this space has not been easy but with great support from her husband, family and partner - they've made it through:
The retail pharmacy which will be competing with other big-name pharmacies is offering usual pharmaceutical services as well as retail.
Mrs. Piokole says the requirements for venturing into a pharmacy set-up are very stringent such as the need for a pharmacist license and approval from the Pharmacy board among others.
The country's only kidney specialist says non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity are growing at an alarming rate, and remain the biggest killers in PNG.
Nephrologist at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr. Steven Bogosia says kidney failure is the leading cause of death globally, and this is the same in PNG.
ENVIRONMENTAL scientist Lydia Edoni says the possibility of up-skilling or doing something different is just an application-form away.
Edoni graduated with a masters of environmental science from the University of South Australia in 2019, through an Australia Awards PNG scholarship.
“I resigned from my comfortable job, successfully completed two years of study, and returned to PNG,” she said.
“Coming home, I was 40 per cent worried and 60 per cent excited to embark on a new career change.
“It was exciting, unsettling at times, but one of the best life-changing decisions I have ever made. I am currently learning new skills I always wished for. I am better equipped to contribute to community development projects. I have met and made lifelong friends who have enriched my life.
“It’s all because I filled out that Australia Awards scholarship application form in 2017.”
LAE MP John Rosso last week allocated K1 million to the Angau Memorial Hospital and K250,000 to the St John Ambulance to support their operations.
Rosso said the hospital served many people in the city.
“There had been a shortage of funding with their recurrence budget,” he said.
“We decided to assist the hospital with K1 million for their operational activities (which) will alleviate a lot of problems.”
TRAVELLERS arriving from overseas countries are no longer required to have a Coronavirus (Covid-19) test before they depart their respective airports, says National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning.
But upon arrival at Jackson international airport, they will still be required to take a Covid-19 test before leaving the airport. “We have faced the worst pandemic, and while there remains an on-going risk to new variants that could emerge, we must move forward,” Manning said.
He said Prime Minister James Marape had made it clear that 2022 “is the year when we return to normalcy and emerge from this pandemic”. “This is important as the Covid-19 pandemic becomes increasingly manageable both in PNG and around the world,” he said.
ABOUT 70,000 people from Rigo in Central , Papua New Guinea will now have access to better medical services, a senior health official says.
Rigo health coordinator Jimmy Ravao said this during the recent hand over of the new rehabilitated Kwikila interim hospital by contractor Swan Company Ltd to the provincial health authority (PHA) chief executive officer Dr James Amini.
“The catchment for Kwikila alone is about 18,000, but when the hospital is in full operation, most patients from all over the district will come here,” he said.
Emergency physician and incident manager at Kwikila Dr Ovia Bue, during a tour of the hospital, said although the rehabilitated hospital had a general ward, outpatient, dispensary, laboratory and other areas there was a need for adjustments to avoid overcrowding.
PRINCESS Anne yesterday praised the work being done to improve the treatment of heart patients in the country, saying a lot had been achieved since her last visit.
“I recognise the work you have been doing particularly in the cardiac area,” Princess Anne said.
“The progress has been amazing since I was last here.
“I see it’s a constant process.
“More to come.
“But it’s a pleasure to see what you have achieved.
“It’s remarkable in a short space of time. Well done.”
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