A COMMITTEE and unit has been set up at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) to deal with stroke patients as a response to a rising trend in such cases, a doctor says.
The unit’s primary role is to provide and improve care for stroke patients.
Neuro rehabilitation physiotherapist Debbie Meko said they had observed that the admission of stroke patients had been trending up over the last five years and there was a need to form a unit.
“We get to see more than five stroke related cases in a week admitted to PMGH and it’s very concerning,” she said.
Meko said she was working on a project to establish the risk factors related to stroke and the results would be ready by August or September.
“We need evidence-based data to justify the risk factors of stroke and other lifestyle diseases that are contributing to trending diseases.”
Meko said one of the objectives of having the stroke unit was to have a proper registry so the hospital could monitor and record data.
She added that there was no proper registry for empirical data to capture evidence of how many patients were admitted in a day or a week.
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