Papua New Guinea needs more neonatal ventilators, with only one available today, says China Medical Team deputy captain and neonatal specialist Dr Zhenqiu Liu.
“There is only one assembled neonatal ventilator nationwide. We are in urgent need of more specialised neonatal ventilators,” he said.
Zhenqiu, who works at the special care nursery at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), said neonatal ventilators were vital to save the lives of newborn babies.
The need for the equipment arose when he treated a three-week-old baby diagnosed with respiratory issues in March.
“I believe that having more of these ventilators will undoubtedly save more newborns and spare more families from grief,” he said.
“At PMGH, there are a number of adult ventilators, but no specialised neonatal ventilators.”
In March, he assembled a neonatal ventilator, with the main unit taken from the PMGH’s biomedical store, and the breathing tube shipped from China.
“At the end of April, when the baby experienced severe respiratory failure, this ventilator came to his rescue just in time,” he said.
“It was the use of this new technology that provided vital respiratory support for the baby, enabling him to survive. Newborns represent the hope and future of a nation. Investing in their health and well-being is equivalent to investing in a prosperous and thriving future.
“We firmly believe that every newborn should have access to the best medical care and the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.
“We aim to raise awareness about neonatal care and rally the community to provide more resources to ensure every child receives the best care possible.”
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