A philanthropist has made calls to the National Department of Health to assist repatriate cancer patients at Angau’s Hospital back to their provinces after completing their treatment.
Lae resident, Michael Earley, made those remarks after he paid for an airplane ticket to help a 60-year old cancer patient, Willie Kauba, get back to his family in Rabaul.
Kauba has no relatives in Lae and had been living in the ward after completing his treatment five weeks ago.
Michael Earley, who heads a foundation set up to help needy people said Kauba’s experience is one of many, there are other patients facing similar situations after treatment.
Many patients who are referred to Lae find it difficult to return home and need support from government.
Earley, is appealing to the National Health Department to set up a foundation so that funds from the government can go towards assisting patients in dire need.
Radio oncology registrar, Dr. David Kundi and the nurses at Angau were looking for help until Earley assisted him last Friday.