Open Heart Surgery in Papua New Guinea

by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Pacific International Hospital has successfully completed two of its first open heart surgeries in Port Moresby.

Marked as a milestone achievement for the health sector, Papua New Guinea can now seek heart medical treatment in the country.

The hospital’s first open heart surgery patient, Nathan Milyo, from Enga Province said since being admitted last Thursday, his surgery has been successful.

“I went in on Thursday, went into surgery on Friday and on Saturday morning I was drinking tea. 5 days after and I don’t feel any pain or whatsoever,” Milyo said

Chief Cardio Surgeon, Dr O.P Sharma, said treating heart patients in PNG is similar to other parts of the world however he said it was a challenge building the country’s first fully operated world class heart surgery theatre.

The medical expense for a full heart surgery at the Pacific International Hospital can fetch up to K60,000. But PIH acting CEO, Dr Amyna Sultan, said the Government must invest in private hospitals like PIH so it can cut down on its costs and help ordinary Papua New Guineans.

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