LUTHERAN-run Etep Hospital in Tewae-Siassi, Morobe in Papua New Guinea , has re-opened despite its diminished medical and financial capacity, hospital administrator James Bradley says.
Bradley said the hospital which opened in late December, still lacked essential medical consumables as well as inaccessibility to the hospital’s project account.
He said five of their oxygen cylinders were still in Lae awaiting clearance and the hospital lacked laboratory reagents used for blood grouping and typing in the blood bank for transfusions.
Their X-ray machine, a crucial diagnostic tool for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and other communicable diseases as well as broken bones and other medical conditions, have been out of service since August.
“We are operating on a zero budget,” Bradley said.
“Basically, we manage what we can from what is available; if it’s beyond our capacity, we explain to patients and they go to other health facilities, either to Braun (Finschhafen) or Angau Memorial (Lae).”
The National / PNG Health Watch
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