Emergency Telephone Hotline to Boost Alotau’s Health Care

Lack of communication was highlighted has an obstacle in delivering and implementing health services in remote and isolated areas of Papua New Guinea


This wasthe message fromthe Chief Executive Officer for Milne Bey Health Authority Belly Naidi when receivingthe Emergency Telephone Hotline equipment’s from AusAid last Friday.

This service provers to help reducPNG’s high maternal death rate after being launched as a pilot project last year.


The Milne Bey Provincial Health Authority has successfully trialed this service which connects remote health workers to expert staff at Alotau Provincial Hospital for difficult and emergency obstetric cases.   


The hotline covers more than forty health centers and one-hundred and forty seven aid posts, including areas wherethere are no specialist staffs.


The hotline will build communication between health workers andthe Alotau staff to gther more data and operational flow in rural facilities.


Project Assistant Amanda Watson saidthe commitment by health workers will ensurethe hotline is sustainable.


The Alotau hospital staffs were given training in usingthe hotline facilities while rural health centers were provided solar mobile phone chargers, maternal health book, and treatment manuals.


A similar project will be established inthe Western Highlands province throughthe partnership ofthe Australian Government anPNG.

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