The National, Thursday 17th November 2011
By GABRIEL LAHOC
ANY assistance and donation, no matter how much it is, to the national cancer treatment centre at Angau Memorial Hospital are very important, oncologist Dr John Niblett says.
He was thanking members of the Morobe Students Union of the University of Papua New Guinea, who visited cancer patients, their minders and health workers at their wards on Tuesday.
The students gave K2,000 and toiletries worth K200 to the PNG Cancer Relief Society and the cancer patients at Angau Memorial General Hospital.
Niblett accepted their donations on behalf of the patients.
Despite the centre’s shortfall in trained staff, it is still working as a result of the commitment of its staff to treat patients in the 36 beds available in the two wards.
The students raised the money through a beauty quest held during the annual provincial day celebrations at the university. They were supported by the Morobe community and other partners in Port Moresby.
Donation co-ordinator Charlene Kalake said they always kept the funds they raised but this time they wanted to donate something to an outside body.
It is in appreciation of the Morobe provincial government’s Gerson-Solulu scholarship programme which has benefited Morobean students in tertiary institutions for the past decade.
Noah Akule, vice president of the Morobe students, urged Morobe students in other tertiary institutions to contribute to the province and city.
The students met patients, including the youngest, Rosemary Onol, three, from Marianberg, East Sepik, who is on chemotherapy treatment after an operation two weeks ago on her abdomen to remove a huge tumour.