On 4th October, the North Fly Health Services Development Program and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program’s (collectively ‘the Program’) Primary Health Care Manager received a phone call from Dr John Oakley. Dr Oakley was carrying out a clinical support attachment at the Rumginae Rural Hospital in North Fly district where a mother had delivered twins. The mother had complications of preeclampsia, post-partum haemorrhage and retained placenta. The doctor’s advice was for the mother to be evacuated within 24 hours given the complications or she might not be able to make it.
One of the steps forward in the clinical referral process is the partnership and networking initiative undertaken by the Program since 2016. The Program contacted the Middle Fly Women & Children’s Association’s President Ms Charlotte and her team about the situation that needed funding for medical evacuation. The quick response from the Middle Fly Women & Children’s Association and OTDF facilitated by the Program made it possible to send an MAF chattered flight into Obo to evacuate the woman.
She was flown to Rumginae Hospital at around 5pm where Dr Oakley and Dr Kevin rushed her into the theatre where she was treated. She has fully recovered with her babies and was repatriated by the Middle Fly Women & Children’s Association. The Women’s trust leaders have expressed their satisfaction to the program and OTDF for establishing a process that has saved 3 lives in this case.
The involvement of Obo Health Centre staff, the Program, Women’s Trust and OTDF demonstrated the necessity of a strong partnership approach in delivering health services. It is encouraging that OTDF’s initiatives in establishing the Women’s Associations in the region plays a significant role in the referral process especially in emergency situations.
CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund through Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF). The program is managed by OTDF and implemented by Abt Associates.