THERE is need for surgical services everywhere in Papua New Guinea hence the limited number of surgeons must provide leadership in ensuring people have access to needed help, a doctor says.
President of the Associations of Surgeons of Papua New Guinea Dr Benjamin Yapo told surgeons that gathered for this year’s annual surgical specialty meeting yesterday to be leaders in the hospitals they worked in.
The annual surgical specialty meeting was part of the 56th Medical Symposium of the Medical Society of PNG which started on Monday and would end today.
The event was attended by Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Dr Lino Tom and Health Department secretary Dr Lino Tom who were both surgeons and were part of the society of surgeons which included around 121 of them in the country.
“Surgeons must be leaders and lead the people to get help,” Dr Yapo said.
“If you see a patient at the hospital that need help (which is not available there), help him/her get help.
“You are the surgeon on the ground, recognise the burden and address it.”
Dr Yapo also urged surgeons to continue to be open to teach young residential medical officers, registrars and nurses as the outcome depended on everyone working together.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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