The Chief Executive Officer of the Papua New Guinea's largest referral, hospital, Dr Paki Molumi says higher fees will be imposed on anyone under influence of alcohol entering the Emergency Department.
Dr. Molumi stated this morning in a phone interview after the incident last night at POM GEN Emergency Department where drunkard soldiers stormed into Emergency Ward, threatening the doctors and nurses and destroyed three hospital monitors.
One of the hospital staff on duty revealed that one of the soldiers involved in the car accident was rushed to the emergency Ward but doctors and nurses on duty were busy attending to other emergencies and couldn't do much to attend to the soldiers within the same span of time demanded by the soldiers, thus resulted in the soldier’s rouge behavior.
Dr. Molumi says this not the first time POM GEN have tolerated abuse to staff and damage to property by drunkards, and it’s about time the management take some drastic action moving forward into 2023.
Molumi says they will allow the law to take its course and public will continue to be served but higher fees will be imposed one anyone under the influence of alcohol entering the Emergency Department.
Meanwhile Martin M. Agiru, Cardiac Surgery Residency debated that POM Gen emergency needs to increase its capacity.
He says people die just waiting to be served by the workers at that emergency waiting room and added that the actions of the officers were uncalled for but POM Gen should do something about their emergency ward.
Mr. Agiru added that year in and year out people are dying from negligence, waiting to be served and reasons are usually, no bed space or floor space.
He says it's neither the nurses nor Dr. Molumi's fault but POM Gen is at fault for all this mess because when someone is dying and being neglected, people can get frustrated.
The three destroyed monitors cost around 25 thousand kina.
FM 100 / PNG Health Watch
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