Vsat terminal helps hospital’s connection

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By GLORIA BAUAI
THE Etep rural hospital in the Wasu local level government (LLG) area of Morobe is now linked to the outside world following the installation of a very small aperture terminal (Vsat), a spokesperson says.
Joshua Gewasa, the information/communication officer, with Lutheran health services, said the Vsat was launched on Tuesday.
It came as a blessing to the long-serving remote facility, according to hospital administrator John Kimbuna.
He said the new service would tackle the communication obstacle faced by medical doctors and health staff there for many years.
Kimbuna said instead of travelling to Lae for internet and communication service, clinical staff could access in-service at the facility, do medical research, logistics procurement and cross-check X-ray and scans for second opinion from within PNG and overseas.
“Linking us to the rest of the world will improve our delivery of standard primary healthcare,” he said.
The Lutheran-run hospital sits at the border of Madang and Morobe and serves most of the population of Kabwum, Tewae-Siassi and even Rai Coast of Madang.
Gewasa said it was linked directly to the satellite which enabled telecommunication and internet with a 40-megabyte download and 5-megabyte upload strength, allowing speed adequate for emails and even video calls. He said three missionary doctors there from Germany, would also be able to communicate with relatives, as well as access home-schooling kits for their children. Gewasa said more Vsat installations were possible now.

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