DOCTORS and nurses at Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby General Hospital have to use torches on their mobile phones to attend to patients during power outages because only six of the 12 generators there are working.
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Paki Molumi confirmed the problem yesterday saying that the continuous and prolonged power blackouts had affected the hospital’s generators.
Molumi said currently, only six of the hospital’s 12 standby generators were functioning.
“But we will be replacing the six generators soon, with the purchase of two 300KVA generators at the end of the year,” he said.
He said they planned to buy another three by early next year.
“We will also be purchasing a standby generator for the Emergency Department. So by next year, we should have a total of 13 generators in operation,” he said.
A 27-year-old female patient at the hospital told The National that it was frightening and sad to see doctors and nurses using their mobile phone torches to attend to patients at the country’s largest hospital – now regarded as a Level Seven Hospital.
It provides a wide range of surgical services including paediatrics, orthopaedics, urology, ophthalmology and neurosurgery.
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