By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea’s Chief Radiologist, Dr. Dora Lenturut Kattel, has cleared the air on the CT scan installed at the Buka General Hospital.
One issue that was raised earlier was that Buka General Hospital was not ready to use a CT scan.
However, Dr. Kattel in response to EMTV said now with a specialist on the ground, the lifesaving equipment can be used successfully.
Dr. Kattel told EMTV News that the CT scan installed at the Buka General Hospital would save time and money for the people of Bougainville, including those from other provinces, who want to access this service.
“Now looking back, I think it’s good to they have that CT scan installed. Because the CT scan will not serve Bougainvilleans but even the New Guinea Islands region as a whole,” Dr. Kattel said.
“The people of East New Britain do not need to fly all the way to Port Moresby but they can travel closer to Buka to access the service,” she added.
Dr. Kattel says that the images are a great help to doctors.
“They may not be able to interpret all the bits and pieces of a CT scan but the general things. Maybe they won’t be able to say exactly what it is, but they see a problem, then they open up. If they can’t open up, they can refer, to a more facility which can accommodate the complexity of the surgery,” she said.
The National Health Department is working on a program for radiologists to interpret complex images from the CT scan of Buka General Hospital, so doctors have some diagnosis for patients.