A RURAL hospital in a remote area of Morobe is receiving an increasing number of trauma cases and tuberculosis, a health officer says.
Health extension officer Yapi Opis who aid the Braun Memorial Rural Hospital in Finschhafen, Morobe said there was also an increase in caesarian cases.
Despite Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s announcement in 2013 to lift its status to a rural hospital, Braun still operates as a health centre catering for patients from Finschhafen and Tewae-Siassi.
Opi said cases such as severe leg, hand and head injuries were common daily because of the increase in lawlessness.
The caesarian cases were the result of inadequate resources to get nurses to conduct mother-child health and immunisation clinics, diagnose pregnant women and advise them to attend ante-natal clinics.
Braun has 10 community health workers, four nursing officers, one health extension officer and a doctor. They are unable to cater for the demand in health services in Finschhafen, Tewae-Siassi and Kabwum (Fisika) region.
Opi said between up to six TB patients were admitted daily.
Most cases were referred from Pindiu, Wagezaring, Mindik, Sialum, Lablab and the Buac sub-health centres.
It only has one ambulance and no vehicle to be used for health patrols, TB DOTS awareness programme, and weekly or monthly inspections of the six sub-health centres and this is not enough.
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