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LOCAL NEWS:

International Day of Older Persons 2019
A longer life brings with it opportunities, not only for older people and their families, but also for societies as a whole. Addtional years provide the chance to pursue new activities such as further education, a new career or pursuing a long neglected passion. Older people also contribute in many ways to their familiies and communities. Yet the extent of these opportunities and contributions depends heavily on the factor: HEALTH.

Papua New Guinea National Department of Health in ENGA Provincial Health Authority
Enga Province gets help from the people of Japan.

Papua New Guinea National Department of Health in Central Province
CENTRAL Province declared 18th Provincial Health Authority (Repost from Facebook Page of Health Minister Elias Kapavore) ------------------ Congratulations to Central Province -- now declared No. 18th Provincial Health Authority. Thank you Hon Governor Agarobe's leadership and his team for making this happen. Kwikila Health Facility is also declared as interim hospital for Central Province.
The Health Facilities branch have commenced the necessary assessment to improve the current facilities. We have committed K5m to meet the minimum standards to have this facility function as soon practicable. Thank you to Korean Government for this important facility that hasn't been fully utilised to date. NDoH stands committed to making health services affordable and accessible to our people of Central Province.

WHO Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinea continues to improve our capacity to handle infectious substances. Thanks to the continuous training – we now have 81 officers from provinces who have certificates to package and ship infectious substances accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
We expect 30 more to be accredited this week after the ongoing training being conducted by the WHO Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea National Department of Health
Today is the first ever World Patient Safety Day. The theme is Speak up for #PatientSafety!
Everybody has a role to play to improve #PatientSafety! Some things you can do: -- Be involved in your own care -- Give accurate information about your health history -- Ask questions! Safe care starts with good communication #HealthForAll

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Papua New Guinea National Department of Health
It is World Heart Day today.
Know the symptoms of heart attack and stroke and seek immediate medical care if you or your loved ones experience these symptoms.

Papua New Guinea National Department of Health
How technology is reshaping the rural health paradigm By Maureen Gerawa.
PROVIDING health care in rural and remote communities in Papua New Guinea remains a huge challenge, but there is hope for great improvements. David Mills, Superintendent of Kompiam Hospital in Enga province, presented at the medical symposium a birds eye-view on new technology that can reshape the rural health paradigm. “Some of the biggest challenges are surrounding logistics, just getting the basics, getting water supply in place, getting cold store for vaccines can require an enormous effort to get these things happen,’’ he says.
Australian, Dr Mills has been working at Kompiam District Hospital since 2000, and says when he first came to PNG he heard that “housing is not a condition of employment” – a statement that he says must go because “if you want to have people work in rural areas or remote areas you have to provide accommodation.” He also says actually doing this is extremely difficult, but it is getting easier. “One of the reasons why it is getting easier is the evolution of kit housing”.
Unlike timber housing, the aluminium housing kits or projects has enormous benefits because they are extremely light which can be packed in very small volumes and taken on aircraft to wherever; they can be screwed together fast and provide a nice three-bed house unlike timber which are heavy to carry. “You can get the same kit for a house and modify it and turn it into an aidpost. These could not be done 20 years ago.’’
After you have built a house, he says, you need light to read what is actually on medicine bottle. “That has also been a challenge, but it is getting easier and it is getting easier because of this, and that is the evolution of very low voltage LD globes which means you will have much more power sources to be able to provide light. These are tiny globes that can power a house or an aidpost. “Before we might need three solar panels, several batteries, power sources and some very big flourescent lights, now we have very small globes that can power a house” These weigh less than 100 grams, they need solar panel which you can toss on the roof and at night you have light.
Other challenges faced in rural and remote areas include: COLD CHAIN Cold chain is a huge challenge in rural and remote areas. Now, you can have solar powered fridge. Toss solar onto the roof (no need for a complex structure) and you can have power. No need to have big structure to do it. You do need batteries. Before, the batteries weighed 30kg and battery supply has been a huge problem. OXYGEN FOR CRITICALLY-ILL PATIENTS Oxygen support is one of the very difficult problems. It has been out of reach most parts of remote areas. Getting cylinder to remote areas is difficult. It does not take long for it to finish too. Now, a small generator can provide power to keep the Oxygen concentrate going for children sick with complications like malaria and pneumonia. It is not always a good thing to be connected to the power. Remote areas are usually at the end of the line so they get a lot of fluctuations which does affect equipment and they get fired. It’s frustrating. FUEL You can’t carry dangerous goods. It is very costly. Solar – 100KVa, runs hospital and health workers’ homes. It is a very smooth power. It’s been a huge game changer for us. We can run sterilisers to run hospitals. X-RAY The old x-ray weighed about 200kg which was a challenge getting it onto plane. Now, new x-ray machine, blue box , battery powered, takes eight pictures, stands on the IV stand. Cassette communicates, stand infront of the botto, no need for a film, image is sent to laptop and weighs only 10kg. All over PNG, there are x-rays sitting because they cannot be sent to Port Moresby for maintenance. The new x-ray works much better. If the doctor or a health worker cannot read the x-ray it can be sent to Port Moresby for reading. ULTRASOUND MACHINE Mobile phone, using tablet and you can see … for anaesthetis, obstretrics, technology has changed enormously fast. PHARMASCOPE It is solar-powered.. Carried around.. It comes in a cute little case. USB charged. DRONE AIRCRAFT It's a huge challenge to get supplies to staff scattered over long distances. It can be done using drone aircraft.