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Emergency Care and Support during the OTDF Communication Patrol

The North Fly Health Services Development Program and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program’s (collectively ‘the Program’) Primary Health Care Manager (PHMC) accompanied Ok Tedi Development Foundation’s (OTDF) Communication Patrol in December. On the 4th of December 2018, the Patrol team visited Isasa/ Sagowane village. On their return to the ship, they met a dinghy carrying a man who had been assaulted by other men at Wapi village.

The man had suffered a serious head wound and had lost a lot of blood. The PHCM quickly cleaned up the wound, applied a pressure dressing and left him in the care of relatives while he rushed to the Health Centre to get local anaesthetic, antiseptic and antibiotics. He returned after 40 minutes and applied the local anaesthetic and cleaned the wound thoroughly using iodine and saline. He then applied a fresh clean dressing with a saline pack and gave the man an antibiotic injection and pain killers. He was then referred to Daru Hospital due to blood loss, contusion that caused vomiting, and a haematoma to his left eye.

OTDF provided 50 litres of fuel to the family to take him to Daru in a local dinghy. The intervention by the OTDF Communication Patrol team and the Program’s PHCM saved the man from further complications. A police officer who was part of the Communication Patrol team also supported this initiative.

The patient’s family and relatives were very thankful to the program and OTDF Patrol team for successfully coordinating the intervention to help save his life, especially in a place where communication, medical intervention and transportation would otherwise have been very difficult.

CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund and NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited. Both programs are managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.

Written by Ray Krai, PHCM, NFHSDP & CMSFHP

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