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The Port Moresby General Hospital’s Emergency Department(ED)in Papua New Guinea is facing shortage of staff after some of their members had tested positive to Covid-19.
This has resulted in limited doctors and nurses attending to people being rushed to the ED, only to wait and sit for hours in order to be served.
This clearly shows that Covid-19 is affecting normal hospital services and costing the lives of people.
In response to this, chief executive officer Dr Paki Molumi met with the staff on Saturday and told them to face the challenges as a team while treating patients who were also positive for Covid-19.
“PMGH ED runs a very busy schedule attending to emergencies for over a million population in NCD, Central Province and referrals from the rest of the country and the reduction in staff numbers affected smooth delivery of emergency services in the last 48 hours,” he said.
“Some patients may have been affected by this.”
He shared their concerns and assured them all that the management will do everything to address the issues at end and get the ED to function fully as ED is the face of PMGH.
He challenged the ED staff not to be swayed away by Covid-19 as the normal non-Covid-19 emergencies will kill more patients.
“Our challenge now is to continue to attend to all normal emergencies to save more lives, at the same time to ensure we and our patients are safe from Covid-19,” Dr Molumi said.
“As ED is a confined and crowded area, all agreed to move the ED function to the main OPD foyer which is better ventilated by open air and spacious.
“These place is spacious to keep patients with SARI symptoms, coughs, flu-like symptoms who require admission to be cleared from Covid-19 before admission to the wards.
“This is to protect the vulnerable patients already in the wards and also protect the staff in the wards.”
He said the consultation clinic functions and pharmacy services will be offered at the car park.
Patients seeking services at the Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institute and cancer services at the cancer clinic and radiology services will access through the path behind the Children’s Emergency Department.
He said as the number of Covid-19 cases increase daily, the functions will be moved to the car park in the coming days.
“These measures and fear among patients and the public may and will be affected delivering services to expectations but the measures are necessary for the interest of the public,” Dr Molumi said.
“We call on the public and especially those on social media not to spread false information as it not only affects the morale of the hard working staff but also unnecessary fear to the public,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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