By TAPO TOVILU DWU journalism student
A TEAM from Port Moresby has just returned from Arawa after conducting a two-week vasectomy workshop.
The team included Dr Lahui Geita, clinical health worker (CHW) Ravu Kepa, who is a certified CHW to carry out visectomies in Central province, and Sr Julieanne Omaro.
Co-ordinator Dr Joe Viloci said the team had just completed two weeks of vasectomy training in Arawa training HEOs, nurses and CHWs on the procedure.
Team leader Dr Geita said the training course was new and had just been introduced into the country.
“I am happy to announce that 12 health workers after the workshop will now be carrying out vasectomies,” Dr Geita said.
He said the 12 health workers would work under the supervision of Dr Joe Viloci for a period of time and then would be certified to carry out vasectomy without supervision.
He said the training programme was funded by UNFPA and started in 1997 and since then they had covered some provinces in the country.
Dr Geita explained that vasectomies done on men were simpler and less completed like vasectomies which were done on women calling on more men to become involved.
Dr Viloci called on fathers in the communities to be more involvein the out come of the workshop.