KIDNEY patients seeking help at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) will pay less for dialysis treatment, thanks to Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited (KMHL).
The State entity signed a deal with the PNG Kidney Foundation (PNGKF) to provide K3 million funding over a three-year period.
During the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) in Port Moresby yesterday, KMHL board chairlady, Nellie James, said they recognised that chronic kidney failure was a lifestyle disease which had and would continue to threaten the lives of the people.
She said the PNGKF was an established charitable organisation that had been providing kidney dialysis treatment at affordable rates in Port Moresby since 2009 and the funding will help in the treatment of kidney diseases in the country.
“This will be a game-changer as Papua New Guineans could start having access to such services without the need to travel overseas for treatment which is known to be very expensive,” she said.
Chairman of the PNGKF, Sir Martin Poh said that they worked with the PMGH to allow for an exchange of resources and training of medical personnel at the hospital by the foundation.
He said this agreement would increase training programmes for national doctors, nephrologists and technicians in this field and will collaborate with PMGH for them to be able to conduct kidney transplant operations in the future.
Present at the signing of the MoA was the managing director of KMHL, Sarimu Kanu who said that as a State-owned company under its government-approved community and social obligations charter, it is required to fund projects that have the potential to improve the lives of the people of PNG.
“We want to do our bit to help the country by partnering with important organisations like PNGKF,” he said.
The National / PNG Health News
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