The National, Wednesday August 08th, 2012
By SALLY TIWARI
PAPUA New Guineans suffering from heart problems will now benefit from some lifesaving equipment purchased by the National Fisheries Authority to support the Operation Open Heart programme.
NFA managing director Steven Pokajam, when presenting a cheque for K234,000 last week, said the authority had provided K100,000 early this year to purchase cardiac surgical instruments for heart operations.
Pokajam said the second donation was to help purchase an echo-ultra sound machine.
“This donation will save some hundreds of lives, especially those ordinary citizens who cannot afford big medical bills at the private hospitals, and I believe this will go a long way,” he said.
Port Moresby General Hospital pediatric cardiologist Prof Nakapi Tefuarani thanked NFA, its managing director and the board of directors for their support.
He said they already checked some patients using a portable echo-machine in Lae last week and were now checking patients in Port Moresby.
Tefuarani said after proper screening, the medical experts would discuss and recommend patients for operation.