Foundation aids hospital with dialysis machines

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The National, Monday 25th March 2013

 By ELIZABETH MIAE

PEOPLE with kidney problems will now have access to dialysis machines for treatment at the Port Moresby General Hospital, thanks to the newly launched PNG Kidney Foundation. 

Its president Martin Poh presented two new kidney dialysis machines to health secretary Pascoe Kase last Thursday night during a corporate fund-raising dinner at the Dynasty Restaurant in Port Moresby. 

Poh appealed for more support from individuals and organisations towards the course of the foundation.

He said about 150 people were diagnosed with kidney problems every month and there were only two dialysis machines available at private health facilities. 

“The foundation aims to support kidney patients, create awareness and bring into the country more kidney dialysis machines that will be installed in hospitals.”

Poh said the foundation had also made arrangements with the Malaysian Kidney Foundation to have PNG nurses receive training at their facilities. 

Governor-General and patron of the foundation Sir Michael Ogio said PNG needed public health facilities that would cater for such health challenges.

“People with hypertension and diabetes problems will inevitably have kidney problems and we need to arrest these challenges before we are overwhelmed by its sheer magnitude.”

Sir Michael said numerous researches have concluded that non-communicable diseases were on the rise in Pacific Island countries including PNG. 

“Diabetes and hypertensions are now on the increase even at middle age brackets. We hear of men and women in the productive age group losing their lives to heart attacks and problems closely associated with diabetes and hypertension.”