The Health Professionals from the Highlands Provinces attended a three-day Emergency Room Trauma Course (ERTC) facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Mt Hagen from 15th to 17th October.
23 participants of the course came from Hela, Southern Highlands and Western Highlands Provinces.
ICRC Head of Mt. Hagen Sub Delegation Manish Das says injuries and deaths are major humanitarian consequences of tribal fights in the highlands of PNG.
"In addition, scores of people become victims of road traffic accidents every year. Many of these people lose their lives due to lack of specialized emergency medical care. ICRC, in its efforts to deliver humanitarian services to the people affected by tribal fights, also provides this course to the doctors and nurses working in tribal fight affected areas,” said Mr Das.
He says ERTC Trainers are ICRC doctors and surgeons who have extensive experience in treatment of different types of emergency patients.
Through this three-days course the participants are expected to gain better skills and knowledge on proper handling of patients in need of different types of emergency medical care and able to deliver much needed services from their respective hospitals and health centers.
Dr Ben Isidor from Hela Provincial Hospital says trauma is common in the Highlands and in Hela.
"We see up to 10 cases of trauma cases every day. It is even the leading cause of death for the most productive age group raging from 15 to 44. The training has helped us to better understand trauma cases and how to manage it in a timely manner,” said Dr Ben Isidor.
Meanwhile, Sister in-charge of the Mt Hagen Emergency Department Lynna Andakai says the course is very practical and helpful and have equipped them to take appropriate action immediately when responding to emergency cases.
“The course has improved our skills on how to handle different cases of trauma. Most importantly it has taught us how to approach patients immediately as they come in; to prevent death and further injuries,” she said.
Trainer Jean Philippe says the training focusing mainly on trauma reception and resuscitations, how to manage patients with injuries, life threatening conditions coming into their emergency department and how they can treat them to save lives and achieve best outcome.
“We also looked into disaster management and how to improve plans on managing mass casualties arriving from a disaster. Over the three days, we look specifically into forex, abdomen, limbs, head, bones trauma and variety of topics that we might come across in our emergency departments,” he said.
ICRC thanked provincial health authorities for their continuous support and collaboration, and for sending in the participants for the course.
The ICRC is working to protect and assist people affected by tribal conflict in the Highlands of PNG since 2012.