Indian experts to train local technicians


LOCAL technicians will be operating the country’s first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner after being trained by Indian experts, an official says.
Port Moresby General Hospital’s chief radiologist Dora Lenturut-Katal said the training for the three technicians took one month. The trainer was a MRI scanner technician from the Delhi Imaging Institute of India.
National Fisheries Authority funded the equipment and the training.
“They were trained in technical components on imaging on patients – basically the dos and don’ts of MRI,” Lenturut-Katal said.
National Fisheries Authority managing director John Kasu said they saw the urgent need to have an MRI scanner at the hospital for the people, most of whom could not afford to go abroad for such medical service.
The authority gave K5 million to the hospital for the MRI scanner and the training of technicians.
“We wanted this service to be available at a referral hospital like the Port Moresby General Hospital. So we worked with the hospital management and board and accomplished this,” Kasu said.
He said they also assisted with the training as it was important to see local technicians using the scanner.

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