Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) received a donation of medical equipment and drugs from the Government of People’s Republic of China on Wednesday, 23rd of September 2020,.
Some of the equipment include surgical instruments like artificial mechanical heart valves, external pacemakers, blood pressure monitors amongst others that are used in operations for urology, cardiothoracic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and anesthesiology.
Economic and Commercial Counsellor Mr. Liu Linlin from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Papua New Guinea was accompanied by the Head of the 11th Chinese Medical Team Dr. Yu Shengjie, to present the donation to chief executive officer Dr. Paki Molumi and hospital staff.
Mr. Linlin said the donation was made under the framework of the Cooperation Agreement on the Second Round of Partnership hospital assistance that was signed in May last year between the China and Papua New Guinea.
“The purpose is to further promote the development of minimally invasive techniques in urology, obstetrics and gynecology; to promote the development of cardiac valve replacement and to provide chemotherapy drugs for patients in Papa New Guinea,” said Mr. Linlin.
According to Mr. Linlin, China has consistently sent medical teams to PNG since 2002 and currently the 10th Chinese Medical Team is working closely with PMGH.
PMGH Head of Urology Department, chief surgeon Dr. Osborne Liko said while COVID-19 pandemic has limited the training between hospital staff and the Chinese Medical Team, staff have learnt a lot from them.
“My surgical team, the urology surgeons in training have learnt a lot of laparoscopic keyhole surgery through the instrument that our colleagues have given us,” said Dr. Liko.
On behalf of the PMGH Board and Management, chief executive officer Dr. Paki Molumi thanked the PNG Embassy of China and Chinese Government for their continuous support in human resource, equipment and consumables.
“Today, we are here to receive another lot of donations in terms of equipment and consumables to assist with the work that we do to serve the people of this country, said Dr. Paki.
In addition to donating personal protective equipment (PPEs), medical equipment and consumables, the Chinese Embassy in PNG also gave K1 million to help the hospital combat and prepare for mitigating the risk of COVID-19.