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Mt Hagen Hospital In Dire Need Of Medical Consumables

Today the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff put up placards and made public awareness of the shortage.

The public have been urged to look after themselves during this election period and avoid life threatening situations.

The medical consumables that are now in short supply are now antibiotics, IV fluids, hand gloves, surgical instruments and all the other medical drugs.

Dr Maddison Dat, the Acting Director of Curative Health in the Western Highlands told the public that the hospital has nothing available to treat patients.

Last week, they received only 10 per cent of IV flasks which is only 300 of the required amount, needed to stabilise blood pressure of over 3,000 plus patients.

Because of the lack of understanding of the shortage of drugs by the patients and their relatives, doctors and nurses have been threatened.

Despite the National Health Department’s responsibility to fund for the medical supplies, the Provincial Health Authority are working tirelessly by putting out tender for medical suppliers to provide urgently the needed drugs and medical consumables.

The Authority has bought few medicines already but is reserving it for emergency cases only.

Director of Public Health, Benson Safi also urged the public to also practise sanitary habits.

Meanwhile the Mt Hagen Accident and Emergency (A&E) section has been seeing at least 100 patients every day.

Emergency Specialist Dr Scothy Kandelyo said the A&E has gone to the extreme of using a patient’s cloth as gauze to soak blood and stitch them.

The hospital is currently depending on the medical supplies provided by the health centres in the province.

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