City hospital to run surgical cardiac camp for patients

The National, Monday July 11th, 2016

PACIFIC International Hospital in Port Moresby will have a surgical cardiac camp next month to allow patients with heart diseases to have surgery at discounted rates.
Marketing and business development general manager Yogendra Rawat said such camps were meant to bring affordable healthcare services to the public.
He said to commemorate the first anniversary of hearth Cath lab earlier PIH had invited cardiologist Dr Vineet Sankhla from India for a special cardiac camp conducted from July 3 to 9.
Dr Vineet said he attended to almost 10 patients daily and saw more than 45 patients during six days.
“We did procedures like angiogram and angioplasty. Angioplasty is the study done in the Cath lab, it’s the study of the coronary arteries. We see whether there is a block in the arteries or not and where there is a block, whether we can fix that block or not,” he said.
He said it was all done at a subsidised rate where an angiogram which normally cost K10,000 was discounted to K6000; angioplasty was discounted from K40,000 to K32,000.
He said the surgical cardiac camp in August would benefit almost 10 patients whom he referred for a bypass surgery and it would also benefit other patients who had been waiting for surgery.