Prime Minister James Marape has announced that Papua New Guinea cannot continue to send heart patients overseas for medical treatment, but start treating them in the country.
Mr. Marape said this when witnessing the historical first-ever stenting procedure at Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), last Thursday.
Stenting is a treatment where a small mesh tube is placed in a person’s blood vessel to widen it and allow for efficient blood flow, preventing him/her from dying of a heart attack.
Mr. Marape said that the PMGH has become the first public hospital in the country to carry out invasive cardiac catheterization, to diagnose and treat coronary heart diseases.
He said that the PMGH will no longer wait for overseas volunteers to come and perform these procedures at scheduled times, but perform them whenever there is a need for it.
The stenting procedure is a result of a cumulative effort from the Ministry of Health, PMGH, and funding support of K10 million over five years, from Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited.
NBC News / PNG Health Watch
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