By Quinton Alomp – EMTV, Port Moresby
Ordinary Papua New Guineans are facing difficulties seeking medical treatment overseas.
Despite improved medical facilities and experts now in the country, some specialised treatments are still needed overseas.
The cost involved is too expensive, however, the determination to save a life makes people travel overseas for medical help.
Patients need over K100,000 to undergo specialised heart surgery in Singapore using high tech facilities.
Depending on the admission and complications of the disease, time can be extended, resulting in more expenses.
With the inclusion of private hospitals in the country, like the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby, offering state of the art medical facilities with specialised medical practitioners, costs can be minimised.
However, a significant number of people diagnosed with heart diseases, are seeking medical treatment overseas.
Recently, a long-time serving Police Officer, Mark Kanawi, was diagnosed with heart disease and was referred for operation in Singapore.
The cost involved exceeded his finances. However, the Chinese community in Port Moresby through the China-PNG Friendship Association came to his assistance with a K100,000 donation.
Such associations have been on the frontline assisting ordinary people seeking medical attention overseas.
Despite the high cost involved, people still insist to save a life.