Promised to do a couple of things in the last month or so, finally did some, but some projects still to go:
1. Went to the Women Doctors Annual Fundraising Dinner on the weekend with my brother his wife, cousins and Aunt and my parents. A pity the sound system was not setup properly cos I couldn’t hear what Sir Peter Barter and the other speakers were saying way out the back. But nice to know that the fundraising drive is doing well. Saw this in the papers about it:
Cancer care gets K5 million
CANCER treatment will finally become available in the country – thanks to the PNG Women Doctors Association.
Three to four years ago, the association came together and decided to do something about the lack of cancer treatment in PNG after realising that those in authority, including the Government, were ignoring the issue.
They began raising money as well as conducting awareness on it. On Saturday night, Health Minister Sir Peter Barter confirmed that the Government will fund it at a cost of K5 million. The money has been allocated through the supplementary budget. In addition, he said K300,000 had been allocated for HPV vaccines tests to be undertaken and it would be up to the next government to obtain further funds to make HPV vaccine available to all young women to protect them from cervical cancer, one of the killer diseases among women in this country.
Sir Peter made these announcements during the association’s charity ball. He said since the Government was funding the refurbishment of the cancer treatment facilities and equipment at Angau Hospital in Lae, the association was now moving to address another neglected health need – the basic equipment in accident and emergency wrds and Intensive care units.
Sir Peter applauded the women doctors for their tireless efforts to address basic health needs, saying the funds being raised would be used to buy life-saving equipment for accident and emergency and intensive care units, initially for Port Moresby General Hospital and to be followed by other centres.
“Purchase of equipment for accident and emergency wards is important because this is the entry point for the seriously ill and injured,’’ he said. “Diagnosis must be quick and accurate.
“For diagnosis to be accurate, doctors and nurses must have equipment such as blood pressure machines, laryngoscopes, and electrocardiogram machines.’’
“Conditions most commonly handled in accident and emergency include heart attack, loss of consciousness from different causes such as head injuries, asthmatic attacks, fits and severe infections.’’
“Equipment and medicine for these conditions must be available and functioning. Unfortunately many hospitals and health centres do not have basic equipment and if there is any, it is not working. This contributes to poor management of patients in these wards and can end in death.’’
I still however need to talk to the executives about a website for them as suggested by Rodney (read his post on it). Was going to talk to them on the night but as soon as dinner ended they got all the tables involved in a limbo dance competition so I was scared if I walked up to the executives table at the front they might force me to show how flexible I am, could’ve been scary?!
They also had an Indian Folk dance thing performed by 2 very talented ladies. The first time I’d ever seen it done live. You know like the ones on TV with the vibrant dancing and phat Punjabi beats. I loved it so much that I’m thinking of tracking them down so they can perform at a rugby function for my Uni Piggies.
3. I need to chase up with Solo for getting some PNG talent to the BluesFest as I had discussed in an earlier post.
4. Oh and I still need to start the website for PNG Swimming as I had promised.
Sometimes I have the problem of biting off more than I can chew, so I think I better complete my above projects before I go promising to do anything more. But if there’s any potential corporate sponsors out there reading this and want to help me out with covering my costs for some of my above projects send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org