Partnership in health care from Tari


PNG RHTU conducted an Essential Obstetric Care (EOC) course at Tari for the Oil Search Foundation from 23rd to 27th January this year. This was the first time that the RHTU team had been invited to Hela province to conduct training and it was for a full course of 16 participants, many of whom came in from some very remote health facilities in Komo-Magarima, Koroba-Kopiago and Tari-Pori districts of Hela province and Nipa-Kutubu in Southern Highlands province. Five (5) nursing staff from the Hela Provincial Hospital also attended. Roselyn Pele, Unit Manager of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) ward, had been invited by the RHTU team to be an apprentice facilitator at this EOC to further support the health workers attending this training and to continue with the implementation of the new learning from the course. This request had been supported by the Hela Provincial Hospital management and Dr Robin Klaver, Specialist Medical Officer O&G who was frequently in attendance throughout the week supporting the training and to meet and work with the remote and rural health workers. When referring obstetric patients to Hela Provincial Hospital, Sr Pele and Dr Klaver invited these staff to follow their patients into the labour ward to see how they are managed once at the hospital. This becomes a great opportunity for clinical skills development and learning. Following the session on the use of Magnesium Sulphate in the management of Severe Pre-eclampsia and Eclampsia, nearly all the participants stated that they had never used this life-saving drug for pregnant women who were fitting, or likely to fit and nor did they have supplies at their health facilities. In a great example of how partnerships can work the RHTU team provided the Oil Search Foundation (OSF) team with a list of the contents required for an emergency Eclampsia Box. The OSF team negotiated with the Hela Provincial Hospital, supported by Dr Klaver, to make up an Eclampsia Box for each of these remote and rural health workers to take back to their health facilities. Additional boxes were made up for the Antenatal, Labour and Postnatal wards at the Hela Provincial Hospital. A great initiative which all the participants truly appreciated, particularly as all expressed their confidence to administer the loading dose of magnesium sulphate to any pregnant woman who needed it.

The above photo is of the Participants with their EOC Certificates and their Eclampsia Boxes. They are joined by the OSF team who hosted and funded the training, as well as Hela Provincial Health Authority representatives and Dr Klaver

The above photo is of the Participants with their EOC Certificates and their Eclampsia Boxes. They are joined by the OSF team who hosted and funded the training, as well as Hela Provincial Health Authority representatives and Dr Klaver

 

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