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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pathology laboratory opens in Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea now has a current Pathology Laboratory in Port Moresby.

This pathology laboratory is the first of its kind for PNG, opened for the public in the nation’s capital last year.

Located at the Taurama Foodland area, this state-of-the-art and medically equipped laboratory received its accredited Australian-standard certificates which now allows for its full operation.

Director Martin Poh said Papua New Guineans no longer need to travel overseas as the service is now available in the country.

The lab is crucial for the public and will greatly assist every Papua New Guinean especially at a cheap price of K280 to do these medical tests and know their health status.

The lab specialises testing in kidney, liver, cardiovascular diabetes, urine, thyroid test and screening or any kind of infectious diseases and the general public is urged to make use of this service to get their tests done at a reasonable price when needed.LoopPNG

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Public health system in PNG gets first MRI scanner

The Port Moresby General Hospital (POMGH) today launched the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner in the public health system of Papua New Guinea.

The K4.5 million project was funded by the National Fisheries Authority.

The GE 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner is one of the most advanced MRI scanners in its class in the world.

 A MRI scanner does not use radiation unlike a computed tomography (CT) scanner and is most suitable for the brain, spine, bones, joints and muscles.

Whereas a CT scanner is more suitable for the chest, heart, lymph nodes and blood vessels.

One important use of the MRI is in cancer patients where precise visualization of the cancer inside the body can help doctors in surgical planning or prevent an unnecessary surgery in cancer patients.

Chief Radiologist Dr Dora Lentrut Katal said the MRI scan is a Government subsidised service and will be free to the public up until April.

Dr Katal said the POMGH Board will decide on the usage fee which is expected to be less than K500.

POMGH chief executive officer and vascular surgeon Dr Umesh Gupta said they’re well on this much needed path of modernisation at POMGN.

The Radiology Department now has a 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner, a 128 slice ultrafast CT scanner and digital mammography.

The department also has a full-fledged digital radiography with an IT system that enables the doctors to see the images immediately right at the bedside or in clinics.

Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Mao Zeming said MRI is a significant advancement in healthcare in PNG and NFA is proud to be associated with POMGH.

The NFA and the Sir Theo Foundation supported the funding of getting MRI expert Dr Parveen Gulati and MRI technician Harbansh Bhatia from India for the training of PNG doctors and technicians. LoopPNG

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Safe guarding your health : Effects of taking Soft drinks

While soft drinks are easily purchased on every street in the Port Moresby city not many people are aware of the effects of drinking this much loved drink.

These sweet drinks are the cause of dental decay, infertility and sores just to name a few.

Dental Decay
Yes its true soft drinks are acidic and yes it does erode enamel. If taken on a regular basis the acid found in these sweet drinks has dissolving agents that will eat the enamel found in teeth away.

2. Infertility
Yes soft drinks can cause infertility. The chemical called BPA found in a all soft drinks is a toxin that is currently causing obesity, infertility, increased miscarriage, polycystic ovary and reproductive cancers.

3. Lesions or Sores
It’s true that soft drinks do cause nasty skin lesions, memory loss, nerve disorders and lack of muscle coordination.

So for all you soft drink lovers it’s time to get off this energy roller coasters and try a soft drink free life!

With today’s increase in lifestyle diseases, safe guarding your health is of paramount importance. Source: Post Courier

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Nurses to benefit from accommodation

Nurses in Southern Highlands are pleased after a K2 million nurses accommodation funded by the Papua New Guinea Nurses Association (PNGNA) was launched on Tuesday.
Only 12 nurses and their families will occupy the 12 units.
The nurses were confident that in future, their accommodation problem would  be addressed and this was the start.
PNGNA acting national-vice president Frederick Kebai said the nurses’ accommodation were funded through a submission made to the Somare-Temu Government in 2006.
He said the then Health Minister Sir Peter Barter pushed for it on behalf of PNGNA.
A funding of K15 million was allocated but there was a change of Government resulting in the delay of funds until 2012 when the funds were finally released.
Kebai said PNGNA national president Late Eimi Kapitgau spearheaded the K15 million projects and the rollout included;

Gerehu Stage 3B – K4 million through a Memorandum of Agreement, 17 houses were constructed while the balance is still active through the existing agreement;
Alotau – K2 million, the project is very slow and is yet to be completed, they were the first province to receive funding;
Kimbe – K2 million, the project was completed with units currently occupied by members;
Mt Hagen – K2 million, PNGNA is yet to be advised of the current status of the project; and,
Mendi – K2 million, project has now been completed and is ready with 12 units to house the members.
“This housing rollout by the PNGNA executive decision will continue until we ensure 90 per cent of our members are accommodated in a quality, secure and modern homes,” Kebai said
“I reaffirm the PNGNA’s position that if our members feel secure about their wellbeing and that of their families, they will provide the best level of service to our health care.”
Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority chief executive officer Dr Joseph Birisi thanked PNGNA for their confidence in the former Mendi General Hospital board and giving the pilot project.
Birisi named the nurses accommodation area as ‘Sr Wesi Kerak Compound’ after the first nurse in the province and had worked for 52 years.  She is still active and continues her duty today. The National

PNG has no money to address cancer

THE government should put its resources where its mouth is given the current situation faced at the National Cancer Centre in Lae.

Recently the Health Minister Michael Malabag in a page media statement said cancer treatment and support in PNG is now a priority for the government and the department of Health.

And while the Health Department and the cancer management has the road maps to holistically address the growing needs of cancer patients and treatment in PNG, the bleak reality is where is the money to make it happen?

George Otto, the cancer centre manager, said yesterday when refuting a statement on the cancer service issue by Elias Kapavore the chairman of the special parliamentary committee on public sector reform and service delivery.

He said Mr Kapavore’s claims were factually incorrect.

Mr Otto said the statement was destructive and Mr Kapavore and his committee should be helping and not pointing fingers.

He stressed that cancer has no funding, adding that the cancer management had the action plan in place for K16.2 million to effectively administer the service annually.

Mr Malabag had stated that the National Cancer Plan estimate K15 million costs a year was necessary to provide services to cancer patients. Post Courier