Support relieves hospital
The Port Moresby General Hospital has been supported with internet equipment by internationally owned company – ICTSI South Pacific, last Friday.
The ICTSI Group of Companies made a significant donation by donating modems, monitors, screens and laptops. The equipment will go towards helping the hospital (POMGEN) carry out its envisioned telemedicine and telehealth that have been wired throughout all the Covid-19 facilities in Port Moresby.
It is something new that has never been done in any hospital in the country and Port Moresby General Hospital is the first hospital to have the telemedicine and telehealth service in the country.
ICTSI chief executive officer Robert Maxwell said like many companies in the face of the coronavirus, they are keen to make donations in countries they operate in to help support the fight against the coronavirus.
Mr Maxwell said ICTSI is very proud to have made the donation and said it is a fantastic cause, not only for the general hospital but for PNG at large. He said the internet wouldn’t be accessed without proper equipment, so they have stepped in to support the hospital’s Covid-19 committee achieve their goals.
Port Moresby General Hospital chief executive officer Dr Paki Molumi said the telemedicine and telehealth was formed by the hospital’s Covid-19 committee to protect its patients, 1500 staffs, and manage the Covid-19. They had come up with the idea to maintain crowd control and social distancing using technology.
Telemedicine is the “new normal” for the hospital to save cost, time and also maintain efficiency of working hours by consulting through live telemedicine.
The hospital is using the zoom software where doctors and patients can consult and update each other through live conferencing. It would be used for doctors to consult patients at each quarantine centre, including the Rita Flynn quarantine centre.
Dr Molumi said it is a new normal now for the hospital, and explained that Covid-19 is normal because down the line it will still stay like HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB).
“Now that we have installed technology and received equipment from the ICTSI, we are going to monitor what is happening at Rita Flynn. We are now able to do business, at the same time deliver patient care, contact our staffs and monitor patient’s conditions.”
He said the hospital has very few intensive care unit (ICU) doctors and cannot afford to let them travel out to visit patients, but through telemedicine and telehealth it is possible.