TRANSPORTING sick patients to the nearest health centre or to Lae by dinghy or banana boat has always been a challenge for health facilities located on the coast of Huon Gulf, Morobe, an official says.
A volunteer community health worker at Laukanu aidpost in Salamaua local level government, Wage Furu told The National last Tuesday that transport was a huge challenge.
“It is very hard to transport patients by boat because there is no one who could provide this service to health facilities located near the beach,” he said.
“Patients admitted at the aidpost couldn’t stay long.
“They must be referred to the Salamaua Health Centre, or even to Lae.”
The National notes that the Huon Gulf district development authority, on June 24, launched a sea ambulance (boat) named Pendek – the boat will soon be used to serve health facilities.
Furu said vaccinations could not be administered to babies at the aidpost because of the lack of proper equipment such as refrigerators to store vaccines.
“We also need a boat to send those babies and their mothers to Salamaua Health Centre for vaccinations,” he said.
“Since I started volunteering in March last year, I helped three mothers to deliver their babies in their home.
“I lost only one mother when I was out on the polio campaign in Yamap village which is in the same district.” The National / PNG health news