STUDY FINDS 50% OF FUNDING USED FOR VICTIMS OF PNG VIOLENCE

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Lae city hospital only one studied

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 23, 2009) – Fifty per cent of pharmaceutical funding for the Angau General Memorial Hospital in Lae city was spent on treating accidents and violence and trauma victims according to a study conducted by a doctor from the hospital.

The study was part of the doctor’s thesis to qualify for a master’s degree as a qualified surgeon.

This was revealed by the hospital’s chief executive officer Dr Polapoi Chalau during a press conference with reporters yesterday to raise concerns over continuous criminal attacks against his staff.

Dr Chalau told reporters that there was a lot of money being spent on buying medicine to treat patients who were victims of accidents, domestic violence, rape and criminal attacks which he said was preventable if provincial authorities took tough measures in addressing lawlessness in Lae city.

He said according to the study, the doctor tried to evaluate the treatment of such cases using the resources at an earlier stage until the patients recovered and he found shocking results. He said with criminal activities increasing at an alarming rate, most patients who sought treatment from the hospitals suffered at the hands of criminals being stabbed, slashed, shot or raped.

The hospital’s chief executive officer said he would later present the report to the hospital’s board but wanted the public to be aware of such findings because nearly most people who needed medical attention suffered from such factors.

Dr Chalau blamed the increasing crime rate in Lae city saying that this would also send a wrong signal to university students who wanted to get more training from the hospital that Lae was not safe for training and would try to go to other hospitals to seek further training.

He said sexual violence, domestic violence and sexual violence cases were eating out of the Angau purse at an alarming rate and said that such money could be used on other medical resources should lawlessness be seriously attended to by relevant authorities.

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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