By Patricia Keamo, EMTV Cadet Journalist – Port Moresby
Hundreds of people from Hanuabada Village and the surrounding communities have been flocking into the local Poreporena Laurabada clinic to receive medical care from the Youth With A Mission Medical (YWAM) team this week. A medical team from the YWAM ship has been providing primary health care to patients in Hanuabada at the Poreporena Laurabada clinic for two days now.
Shortage of medical supplies continue to be an issue at the clinic and patients from within the village were fortunate to receive treatment from the YWAM team. The Poreporena clinic has been facing severe medicine shortage lately, and the visit from the YWAM team is helping both the clinic and the patients from Hanuabada and the surrounding communities.
The medical team consists of doctors, nurses, optometrists, as well as community engagement leaders and media personnel. The teams’ primary health care includes immunisation, wound and antenatal care, and general outpatient needs.
Meanwhile, Senior HIV Counsellor at the clinic, Sr. Momoru Nao, said there is a high demand for medicines and health care from the patients. Sr. Momoru said the clinic has been working in partnership with the PNG Family Health Association (FHA) since their establishment last year. However, the PNG FHA is also running three other clinics on Fisherman Island, Gerehu, and Tatana, so whatever medical supplies they have is distributed to the Poreporena clinic and the other three clinics.