Serving patients at doorsteps

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Reports by OGIA MIAMEL
MOST public servants want to set up something they can do after retirement.
Anything from coffee-buying, a small bakery or tailoring can keep them occupied and help sustain their lives.
“This was the idea that couple Dr Desmond Aisi and Dr Losavati Daugunu had when they started the Lokosibi Mobile Clinic in 2013.
Medical doctors by profession – one serving as a psychiatrist at the Laloki Public Psychiatric Hospital and other an emergency physician at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Aisi is from Pinupaka village in Yule Island, Central, and married to Daugunu, who is from Fiji.
They have been together for 13 years.
They have a 11-year-old son Jack.
Daugunu explained that she and her husband provided their service during weekends and after hours as they were working full-time.
Their medical licence for the clinic allows them to operate out of office and they do not have an established unit.
“We serve patients at their doorsteps so when they call, we go see them, prescribe medicine and they go to the pharmacy and get their medicine,” she said.
“In a situation where patients are very sick and need to get an injection or IV fluid, we refer them to the general hospital, we make the pathway easier for patients to go to the hospital and receive treatment.”
The clinic specialises in consultation and general health service.
“I am a psychiatrist so I deal with mental health disorders, mental health problems and yes, I do counselling as well as assess patients in their mental stages and prescribe medicine if they need it.
“That’s the specialist service I am in, my husband is an emergency physician. He specialises in emergency, so retrieval, escort and just general medical practices,” Daugunu said.
She said there was a big need for newly graduated doctors to specialise in psychology but more awareness was still needed to drive that message.
“There is a demand for psychology in my specialist, but there is not enough manpower,” she said.
“There are nine of us psychiatrists in Papua New Guinea and there are only six clinically practising.
“Looking at the total population of Papua New Guinea, you can imagine with the increase of substance abuse and alcohol abuse, lots of problem mental illnesses have arisen in the last five years, the problem is quiet big but we need a lot of hands to carry this out.”
Daugunu said more awareness needed to be done in schools for career paths.
She is hoping to establish a rehabilitation centre for those suffering from mental illnesses because there is an increase in psychological problems.
They also hope to recruit more doctors and establish the mobile clinic to move into other provinces as well.
The Lokosibi Mobile Clinic has a booth in the Digicel PNG Women in Business Expo 2016 which began last week.
Daugunu can be contacted on 7685 7522/ 7125 7601 or Aisi on 7664 9084/ 7207 8578 and email lokosibiconsultation@gmail.com.

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