By Sharlyne Eri – EMTV News, Port Moresby
About 70 Personnel from the Military Hospital at Taurama Barracks today completed a three-week training, based on mass casualty management.
The training was to prepare for any mass casualties, which may arise during the APEC Leaders’ Summit and others in the future.
It was based on an American mass casualty syllabus and was conducted by instructors within the military hospital.
The trainees were introduced to different scenarios which involved bomb blasts and terrorist attacks and threats.
The training ended today with a demonstration of a scenario where a section, a military term of a group of 10 to 13 personnel, was caught in a bomb blast while trying to disarm the bomb.
Military Hospital CEO Commander Thomas Vinit said the training was first of its kind for the PNG Defence Force and was a way of testing their capabilities and systems in trying to prepare and manage mass casualties.
Director of PNGDF Health Services, LT COL Peter Kaminiel said the training was an effort by PNGDF to assist the APEC medical team which was set up by the government.