Singapore health team to assist PMGH


A HEALTH team from Singapore (SingHealth) will be in the country from April 2 to assist staff at the Port Moresby General Hospital, according to chief executive officer Dr Umesh Gutpa.
Gutpa told The National the team comprised seven doctors in the areas of cardiac surgery, paediatrics cardiology, and paediatrics anaesthetics who will be working with the hospital staff.
“They will be seeing patients and operating cardiac patients,” Gutpa said.
SingHealth staff had been assisting staff at PMGH since 2008 to help Papua New Guinea improve its health care delivery systems through skills transfer, teaching and training, and research in Papua New Guinea through Pomgen and other hospitals.
The team from Singapore comprise surgeons on orthopaedics, cardiothoracic, urology, dental surgery, paediatrics surgery, rehabilitation medicine, plastic surgery and gynaecology surgery.
Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag said the aim was to lift the standard of health care provided at the hospital across all areas of surgical, medical and patient care services to achieve quality patient care and safety.
He said many heart patients were lucky to be treated by the team visit during their bi-annual visits.
Surgeons and cardiologists also receive training at the National Heart Centre in Singapore.

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