Port Moresby General Hospital’s management has confirmed the death of an asthmatic patient outside its Emergency Department this week, with investigation ongoing.
Hospital CEO Dr. Paki Molumi in a statement said the patient was asthmatic who unfortunately succumbed while receiving her treatment.
The hospital addressed her death following negative criticisms received from the public on social media, accusing the hospital of negligence.
According to Dr. Molumi, the nebulization service for asthmatics was temporarily brought to the open air to protect them as the Emergency Department’s confined space posed a greater risks to patients and staff.
He explained she was a regular patient and former staff who knew the process of nebulization.
He said as the number of COVID-19 cases increase in the coming weeks, the limited staff and overstretched staff will not be able to take care of everyone given the sudden increase in patient numbers both COVID and non-COVID.
meantime, he is calling on the public to follow “Niupela Pasin” measures to prevent the entire PNG Health system from collapsing.
FM 100 / PNG health News
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