Eight suffer gunshot wounds

The National,Thursday June 9th, 2016

EIGHT students were treated at the Port Moresby General Hospital’s emergency department yesterday for gunshot wounds following a clash with police at the University of PNG campus.
Hospital chief executive officer Grant Muddle said in a statement late yesterday: “We have so far received a total of eight gunshot wound casualties, all eight were stabilised and admitted at the hospital”.
“We have discharged two casualties, with six patients admitted and all in a stable condition,” he said.
He said also injured were a 16-year-old boy attending Waigani Primary School, a hospital guardian and a man.
“The other (school) student has a gunshot wound to the left elbow (compound fracture) and recovering after surgery at the main operating theatre,” he said.
“The third one, who was brought in by the St John Ambulance, had soft tissue injuries to lower part of the abdomen and the lower limbs but he’s stable at the moment and admitted.”
Muddle said there were no deaths nor DOA (dead on arrival).
“All patients (in relation to this incident) are in a stable condition,” he said.
“We are monitoring the situation closely at our Emergency Department and PMGH is aware of the current situation.
“The department has closed down all the outpatient services and the emergency pathway plan has already been activated.”
Muddle said while the people outside started provoking the police, the officers shot tear gas into emergency department entrance.
He advised the media to refrain from making false and misleading statements.