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Monday, January 30, 2017

Community fundraiser to assist Modilon Hospital

A COMMUNITY fundraiser will be held next month in Madang to assist the Modilon General Hospital with funds to purchase much needed equipment for its emergency department.

These include Patient Electronic Monitor, Pulse Oxymeter , Digital Blood Pressure Machine, Manual Blood Pressure Machine,  Nebuliser Machine, Nebuliser Cups, Stethescopes, Auroscopes, Headlamp, Privacy Screens.

The event will take place on February 18 at the Madang Club starting 7pm.

The Madang Lodge Hotel and the Rotary Club of Madang are the hosts.

President of the Madang Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kevin Murray said the evening theme is a Valentine’s Day Masquerade Mask Buffet Dinner and Fashion Show.

This is not the first and certainly by no means will be the last that the business community and the town’s not for profit organisations have joined forces to raise funds for a worthy cause.

The hospital’s Director Medical Services Dr Vincent Atua and staff are expected to attend this event and to make a presentation on the work being carried out at the hospital.

Members of the business community and the general public have been urged to attend.

Tickets are going for K70 and can be purchased at the Madang Club, Madang Lodge Hotel, Maureen Hill Nursery. Post Courier

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Health workshop discusses ways to fight AMR in PNG

A second stakeholder’s workshop held earlier this week was to review the preliminary results of the country situational analysis.

The workshop was also to discuss the way forward on combatting AMR in PNG.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is currently a priority agenda for the Department of Health of Papua New Guinea.

This is supported by the priority actions listed in the Action Agenda for Antimicrobial Resistance in the Western Pacific Region, which was endorsed by the Sixty-fifth session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region as well as the Global Action Plan on AMR endorsed at the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

The Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance urges all WHO Member States to develop National Action Plans on AMR by May 2017. In collaboration with NDOH, a country situation analysis has been conducted and a multi-sectoral national action plan on AMR drafted in 2016.

This workshop aimed at build on the active dialogue among key stakeholders related to combating the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Papua New Guinea and to establish a clear way forward in addressing this issue.

Participants included representatives from the relevant sectors notably human health, animal health and production, and the food and environment sectors.

A key element discussed in the workshop is advocacy and breaking the message down for the bulk of our population.

LoopPNG/Picture by Arts and Humanities Research Council

Friday, January 20, 2017

New vaccination to fight cervical cancer in Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea  National Department of Health (NDoH) and The Rotary Club of Boroko Inc has welcomed the arrival of the Gardasil vaccination against Cervical Cancer today in Port Moresby.

The Gardasil vaccination, also called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, enables the body to protect itself against most types of cervical cancer and genital warts and is most effective when given to young girls before the onset of sexual activity.

HPV is one of the main contributing factors to cervical cancer.

Eligible girls will receive two doses of the vaccination 6 months apart.

At the airport to receive the 3 pallets of vaccines were Dr Edward Waramin (NDOH Adolescent Health Manager), Dr Julia Stinshoff and Johnny Arava (NDOH Acting EPI Manager).

Dr Waramin who is also the Team Leader for the HPV Vaccination Pilot in Port Moresby said: “I am very excited that the project is moving forward and I would like to thank all the stakeholders of this project for their patience and support.”

The HPV Vaccination pilot is a project working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Boroko, NCD Health Services, US Embassy, Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) and other stakeholders.

PNG is thought to have among the highest burdens of cervical cancer globally and it is estimated that 1500 women die every year of cervical cancer in PNG.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

Scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing.

The sleeve - made of material that mimics heart muscle - hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle.

The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows the concept works on pig hearts.

The British Heart Foundation describes it as a "novel approach" that requires further trials.

'Synchronised movement'

Over half a million people in the UK have heart failure.

It is a long-term condition that gradually gets worse over time.

For people with the illness, the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly - most commonly because cardiac muscle has been damaged, after a heart attack, for example.

Scientists based at Harvard and the Boston Children's Hospital, and in Leeds, say their soft sleeve was inspired by the actions and structure of real heart muscle.

The silicon-based device stiffens or relaxes when inflated with pressurised air.

Fixing it around six pig hearts, scientists found they were able to synchronise the sleeve with each heart's shape and movements.

The study shows the robotic sleeve helped boost the amount of blood being pumped around the body.

And when the hearts stopped beating, the sleeves helped restore blood flow.

Currently, mechanical devices can be implanted in the heart to help it pump. But because they are in direct contact with heart tissue, the body can react to them - leading to the risk of dangerous blood clots.

Researchers argue their sleeve could help cut this risk by "hugging" the outside of the heart rather than being implanted inside it.

But they acknowledge their research is still at an early stage and much longer-term animal studies and then human studies would need to be carried out before it could be used in patients.

Christopher Allen, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "People living with end-stage heart failure are in desperate need of symptom relief, and some will even require a heart transplant.

"We currently don't have enough hearts available to meet the needs of those who require a heart transplant, so we're always looking for innovative new ways to buy time to give people the best chance possible of receiving a new heart and a new lease of life.

"This early research suggests a novel approach to help support heart function, and it will be interesting to see if this translates successfully in human trials in the future."