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UNICEF Funds Training of Village Birth Attendants

UNICEF Funds Training of Village Birth Attendants

Women from the Tambul/Nebilyer District of Western Highlands are now equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to help pregnant mothers deliver safely in their respective areas.

This follows their attendance of a month-long training course for village birth attendants at the Mt Hagen Hospital campus of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority recently.

The course which involves both theory and practical sessions has been funded by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) as part of its ongoing efforts to help reduce child mortality in the country.

UNICEF has provided funding for transport and accommodation costs for 20 participants from villages in the Kiripia and Alkena areas of Lower Kagul and Tambul in Upper Kagul to undertake the training.

The women, mostly middle-aged mothers have been trained on how to help expectant mothers when they go into labour and later take them to the nearest health centre or hospital to deliver.

They have also been issued with emergency delivery kits to assist expectant mothers if they are unable to attend a health facility because of access or time constraints.

Two more training courses would be conducted for mothers from the same district in the next few months before it is rolled out to other districts of Western Highlands.

The training will be provided by staff from WHPHA and accommodation for the participants is being provided on the Mt Hagen Hospital campus which is also where the participants will receive their practical training.

The mothers spent two weeks acquiring hands-on experience in the labour ward, postnatal, antenatal and maternal and child health clinics of Mt Hagen Hospital before they were issued with certificates of recognition as qualified village birth attendants.
 

The participants pose for a group picture with their trainers from the WHPHA and a Non-Government Organisation based in Goroka called Touching the Untounchables.
The participants pose for a group picture with their trainers from the WHPHA and a Non-Government Organisation based in Goroka called Touching the Untounchables.

 

A trainer with the participants in a theory session.
A trainer with the participants in a theory session.

 

Mass polio vaccination campaign launched in the Highlands

A mass polio vaccination campaign for all the Highlands provinces except Eastern Highlands was launched in Wabag, Enga Province on 27th August 2018. The Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu officially launched the campaign in the presence of global partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, Rotary International and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) as well as the Secretary for Health, Mr Pascoe Kase. Continue Reading

Emergency Department one of the best in PNG

Emergency Department one of the best in PNG

Mt Hagen Hospital now has one of the best Emergency Departments in the country to serve its patients. The newly-refurbished facility is fully equipped and adequately staffed with two specialist physicians, five medical officers, six health extension officers (HEOs), 26 nurses and five hygiene staff to provide the best service for its patients. Continue Reading

Kenembo Community Health Post progressing well

Kenembo Community Health Post progressing well

Construction of Kenembo Community Health Post in Dei District of Western Highlands is progressing well and should be completed within the next few months. Member for Dei and Minister for Transport, Mr Wesley Nukundi is funding this project under his District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) at a total cost of over K2.2 million. Continue Reading

Renovation of Mt Hagen Hospital Emergency Department Completed

Renovation of Mt Hagen Hospital Emergency Department Completed

The newly-upgraded Emergency Department of Mt Hagen Hospital has the right ingredients to cater for any emergency situation, according to a visiting emergency physician from Australia. Dr Colin Banks, an Emergency Physician from Townsville Hospital in North Queensland said the Emergency Department was well designed and he was excited to see how clinical staff were handling emergency cases with professionalism. Continue Reading