THE recent transfer of a senior doctor from the Buka General Hospital to Arawa Hospital in Central Bougainville has been greatly appreciated by many people in Central and South Bougainville.
This is because they know that after many years of waiting, they now have a medical practitioner who can help properly diagnose their cause of illness, instead of having to travel all the way to Buka to seek medical attention.
It has been more than a month since Dr Joseph Vilosi was transferred to Arawa to head the hospital’s operations there.
According to Dr Vilosi, his transfer has also seen an increase in the number of patients that goes there to seek medical attention.
Dr Vilosi has also started doing minor operations on patients at the hospital’s theatre room, a thing which was never done there during the past years.
So far he has operated on more than five patients, with the first one done about two weeks ago.
“The first patient that I operated was referred from Buin in South Bougainville to Buka hospital, but stopped here so I operated the patient here. Many who saw this were very happy because this is a sign that the delivery of health service at the Arawa hospital is now reaching new heights,” he said.
“However, at the moment we do not have an anesthetist so all major cases are referred to Buka.”
Dr Vilosi has also conducted numerous awareness campaigns on healthy living, resulting in more patients coming to seek medical attention.
However, the increase in patients has also created an impact in the number of staff working at the hospital.
Dr Vilosi said the hospital urgently needed additional staff to cater for this increase.
“I urgently need additional staff to cater for the increase in the number of patients coming to hospital,” he said.
“I have already sent a proposal to the health administration, which they have agreed to action however this is taking time and I am worried.
“At the moment I cannot make many operations due to staff shortage,” Dr Vilosi said.
“The Health Administration in Buka has supported my request, but they are slow in actioning it.
“To me, I want them to act on my submission fast. I don’t want to waste time. When you waste time then you kill the interest of people, and that’s when they walk away.”
Dr Vilosi said he needed 17 additional staff, mostly nurses, to care for patients.
He said at the moment, he will be restricting the number of operations to be carried out, and he also waiting for an anesthetist based in Buka hospital to be transferred to Arawa so they can start working on emergency cases. The Post Courier