Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko says a heart institute will be established in the country to treat patients with heart diseases.
Speaking as patron of the Operation Open Heart yesterday, during a reception at Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby, Mr Tkatchenko said a heart institute will allow people to check their heart conditions.
“As patron of the Operation Open Heart, I will be working with the Health Minister Sir Puka Temu, the Port Moresby General Hospital chief executive officer, and management and every party, to ensure we have a heart centre and program in PNG,” he said.
“Because I know our doctors here are as good as others anywhere else and I will put my own life in their hands.
“Do not underestimate their talents.”
The new minister did not disclose details about the institute.
Dr Noah Tapaua, leading cardiothoracic surgeon at Port Moresby General Hospital, said the only way to help local patients was to establish a Papua New Guinea Centre of Excellence Cardiology Institute.
“It is very difficult to get training in a developed country, almost difficult and this is the way forward,” Dr Tapaua said. During the reception, two cheques totalling K95,000 were presented to Operation Open Heart foundation – K75,000 from Bank South Pacific and K20,000 from the Malaysian Society.
Dr Tapaua said the money will be used to support our local doctors to go to Singapore and training.
“We are not using the money to buy equipment now we are also using it to send our nurses and doctors for training,” he said.
He said that about K1.7 million has been spent on equipment and medicine and thanked the donors for their support.