The Tininga Group of Companies of Mt Hagen has again come to the aid of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority by meeting all expenses for its heart patients travelling to Port Moresby and Lae for further screening and operations.
The company has met the transport and accommodation costs for those patients travelling directly to Port Moresby for operations and to Lae for further screening by visiting cardiologists.
A cardiology team from Port Moresby General Hospital was at Mt Hagen Provincial Hospital in late June and conducted screenings for both paediatric and adult out-patients from Mt Hagen and Kudjip Hospitals.
The team selected seven patients to travel directly to Port Moresby for the Open Heart Operation in August while another 11 patients travelled to Lae towards the end of July to undergo further screenings by the visiting cardiologists.
Tininga Group of Companies paid in excess of K37,000 to cover the total cost of accommodation and return air and bus fares to Port Moresby and Lae for all patients and their guardians as well as for two doctors, a nurse and a driver.
The company has been meeting the cost of airfares and accommodation for heart patients to undergo further screening and operation on a yearly basis for a number of years now and will continue to do so as long as the need is there.
The owners of the company, Mr. Pat and Mrs. Margie Duckworth have assisted with a lot of money on the hospital over the years in other areas as well including spending in excess of K250,000 to send two of our senior staff to Thailand and set up/renovate and bring in three specialists from Thailand last year to conduct a week-long training workshop on Visual Inspection of the cervix with Acetic acid (VIA) for 16 doctors and nurses.
Mrs. Margie Duckworth said when presenting the K37,000 cheque to the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority that they were happy to spend where there was a need as “money cannot buy a life”.
Sr. Regina Graham of the Loo Pok Cardiac Clinic of Mt Hagen Hospital said when accepting the cheque that the WHPHA was grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Duckworth for their continued support to the services as such assistance saved many lives.