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Transfer of Cancer Patients an Expensive Exercise

Mount Hagen General Hospital will spend roughly K4,000 to transfer a cancer patient to Port Moresby General Hospital for further diagnosis.

The hospital cannot keep the boy since it does not have proper machines and specialist doctors to further diagnose the patient.

Cancer Patients all over the Country face similar challenges in terms of cost.

Officer in Charge of the Pediatric Unit, Dr Jonah Kurubi, confirmed that the total cost includes expenses for three days and a return ticket.

Stanford Jacob is a five year old boy from the Mul-Baiyer electorate in Western Highlands Province.

He developed the symptoms in December 2016, and has been visiting the hospital ever since.

Mt Hagen General Hospital gave two weeks for Stanford’s family to transfer him to Port Moresby General Hospital, but his father said the family could not afford the cost.

The Hospital was willing to pay for the cost of the patient, yet the child’s father could not afford to pay for the travel cost.

Yesterday, after EMTV News spoke with the patient’s family, the Hospital agreed to pay for the medical and airfare expenses of Stanford, his father and for a doctor who will travel with them.

Initial examination indicated that he had leukemia or cancer in the blood.

His father, Jacob Getenge, has high hopes and faith that his first born son will survive treatment.

The hospital will continue to monitor Stanford while waiting to be transferred to Port Moresby for a confirmed diagnosis and further treatment.

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