By Kiwiana Ngabung – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
With Papua New Guinea being a developing nation, attention to major concerns such as the education and health sector are important national issues. Some major concerns highlighted each year stem from the lack of facilities as well as shortage of staff in health centers around the country.
The Kainantu district hospital in Eastern Highlands province is one of those health centres facing such problems, as reported mid last year. In another report, the Sogeri Health Centre outside Port Moresby, had run out of medication for over two months causing great concern for residents around the area.
After doing her own research on hospitals around the world, Jennifer Ridenton has decided to volunteer at the Kavieng General Hospital in New Ireland province.
Jennifer who is a final-year medical student at the Peninsula Medical School, United Kingdom, proposed to work at the Kavieng General hospital as part of the overseas placement training under the medical school.
Her dream to become a “doctor without borders” came after she visited hospitals in India as a medical volunteer and saw the conditions they were in and how there are major problems from curable diseases.
However, as she needs to meet travel fares, accommodation and other necessary expenditures, Jennifer is looking for donations from the public. The amount that is to be raised is £3,000 (GBP), which is approximately K11,300 (PGK).
The donations received so far is at a bare £90, and Jennifer needs further assistance to fulfill her dreams, in offering her knowledge and skills to the local hospital, where she feels it is needed most.
Ridenton hopes to gain great experience by working in a developing country, broaden her knowledge on skills that she has learned in the United Kingdom, and to also assist those in need.
If you wish to help Jennifer Ridenton, you can go to //www.gofundme.com/medicalelectivepng.