During the CMCA integrated health patrol in November 2018 to Wangawanga village in the Middle Fly District, a 28-year-old woman walked up hurriedly and told me she was bitten by a taipan snake on her left ankle. On hearing this I told her to lie down on the platform built by the villagers for other special occasions and asked for a snakebite bandage. The
On 20th September, Dr John Oakley and Ray Krai visited Obo health centre to provide clinical support to the staff during the OTDF communication patrol. At Obo Health Centre there are three health workers – a registered nurse and two community health workers. They had general clinical knowledge about how to treat a snakebite case from their studies and first aid training provided by
Snake bites are on the increase in recent months along the Fly River according to the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) – Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP). CMSFHP clinical staff have expressed this after Suki and Tapila health facilities reported two deaths from the venomous Papuan Black snake. CMSFHP Program Manager, Kelly Kewa explained the reasons for the increases in snake bites.
The refurbished Aiambak Aid Post along the Fly River in the Middle Fly District of Western Province has seen its fair share of emergency cases since reopening its doors again this year. Just last month in August, Primary Health Care Officers from the Community Mine Continuation Agreement – Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) were on attachment at the aid post and were