PNG POLICE commissioner David Manning has told a coroner’s inquiry into deaths allegedly caused by a batch of the anesthetic drug propofol used last year at the Port Moresby General Hospital, that he had no direct involvement with the procurement process of the drug.
Manning said in his role as the Coronavirus pandemic controller he had only carried out duties pursuant to section 7 of the National Pandemic Act (2020) and had “no idea about procurement process involved in the propofol”.
“I was made aware of the death of late Rex Wanzing through the daily papers,” Manning said.
PNG HEALTH Minister Dr Lino Tom this morning opened the PNG Midwifery Society 4th Symposium at Holiday Inn, Port Moresby.
He says one of the biggest problems facing the country today is people wanting to get what they can from the systems rather than give to the country.
“Those of us who were born in 1970s and grew up in the 1980s and are working today will attest to what I am saying today. The health systems in 1980s and early 1990s seem to really work. We had good quality medicines and these were available in almost all rural health facilities.
PNG Health Minister, Dr Lino Tom, is expected to present the department's investigation report to the Wanzing Inquiry today.
He was to have appeared yesterday, but did not turn up.
No representation was made on the Health Minister's behalf.
This follows request by the Coroner Josephine Kilage for the Minister to appear and present the completed National Department of Health investigation findings.
A REPORT has revealed recently that 19,160 people in Papua New Guinea are HIV positive but do not know their status.
Health Department HIV data manager Namarola Lote, presented the report at the PNG Christian leaders alliance on HIV/AIDS meeting in Port Moresby last week.
According to the 2020 figures in the report, the prevalence rate was 0.9 per cent and there were 55,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
The report identified that of the 55,000 people, 35,840 had access to HIV medicine such as antiretroviral therapy.
THE medical records of mental health and tele-psychiatry patients in Papua New Guine will now be stored digitally for mobility, convenience and privacy, says Dr Ludwig Nanawar.
Dr Nanawar is the director of medical services at the Laloki Psychiatric Hospital and the consultant psychiatrist who runs a tele-psychiatry service.
He said digital medical records had many advantages.
IN-SCHOOL dental visits in the National Capital District have been re-introduced to do checks on the oral health of students.
Dr Naomi Asing, community dentist at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), said that during a visit to Hagara Primary School in Port Moresby on Friday.
She said the Papua New Guinea Dental Association, consisting of members from the University of PNG dentistry division and PMGH Dental Clinic, with intern residential doctors and undergraduate dentists were reviving in-school dental visits to do checks on student’s oral health and to collect statistical baseline data for record keeping and research.
A deteriorated Awaba hospital that serves more than 15,000 people in Middle Fly, Western province of Papua New Guinea is now revived with proper water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
When World Vision intervened, a WASH FIT team comprised of an eight-member committee was established in Awaba hospital with training and awareness conducted on how to improve WASH in the hospital.
PAPUA New Guinea and Vanuatu share similar concerns when it comes to providing healthcare to its people, says an official.
This was made known at a presentation by the acting director of corporate service, policy and planning for Vanuatu’s ministry of health Judith Melsul, to PNG Health secretary Dr Osborne Liko and his deputy Ken Wai on Friday at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance (Pilag).
On the last day of the delegation’s official meetings with department heads, Liko pointed out that both PNG and Vanuatu shared the same concerns with accreditation processes in getting their human resources trained and skilled for the health sector
PORT Moresby General Hospital (Pomgen) is working towards providing a holistic approach to cancer treatment, says chief executive Dr Paki Molumi.
He said this during the closing of Pinktober week recently at Pomgen.
Molumi said the hospital will create a one stop shot where people will get good preventive and early diagnostic programmes and support services.
“For the last 45 years, we’ve been providing fragmented cancer services,” he said.
Molumi said to provide a holistic approach to cancer, it needed a comprehensive awareness and preventive programme that must be implemented by the cancer facility.
“Over the years, we have had different parts of treatment in different provinces in the country,” he said.
ENGA Provincial Health Authority’s acting health director (curative health services) Dr Kanandru Pondros was seriously injured in an attack on Thursday.
“Pondros sustained injuries on his head, face and limbs in the attack outside his home,” National Doctors Association president Dr James Naipao said.
Naipao said Pondros, also Enga’s deputy director medical services, was rushed to Wabag Hospital and immediately attended to by two senior surgeons, Dr Anthony Nasai and Dr Timothy Pyaku.
“We condemn the attack on a senior defenceless doctor,” he said in a statement on Friday.