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THANK YOU for the Roller Bandages

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about how we use Roller Bandages (old sheets that are rolled up and used as bandages) all the time at the Hospital.  As a result of that, many of you have started to save sheets and roll sheets to send to us – THANK YOU.   One of the people who started to roll sheets, was Rachel Thompson’s (a missionary here) mom, Joyce.  Joyce recently came to PNG to meet her new granddaughter, and so she got to see some of her and her team’s hard work in action.  She got to see the roller bandages in action and meet many patients  who had benefited from the hospital having rolled bandages.  They were grateful for the bandages and the care they received and happily agreed to have their picture taken.  She wanted to thank you to the others who helped her roll bandages and I wanted to say thank you to all who help roll bandages for the hospital.  They really are a blessing to us and the patients.

Written by Erin Meier – www.erininpng.blogspot.comhttp://www.erininpng.blogspot.com
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Doctor training

Doing administration, I don’t get to do a lot of medicine any more, so this is one of my favorite pictures as a missionary doctor.  It is a picture me doing nothing!  Dr. Rebecca is a Papua New Guinea doctor doing her specialty training in Rural Medicine and has learned surgical skills at the Nazarene Hospital.  Here she is teaching another visiting PNG doctor.  It was great to see her pass on the skills she has learned. 

We hope to continue to see this more as we continue to train Rural Doctors and hope to start training PNG Surgeons soon too!  The picture on the right I got my last day of work before home assignment.  I think it is a picture of where we are going as a mission hospital – missionary doctors, PNG doctors and dentist, PNG registrars (specialty training doctors), PNG medical students, visiting residents with an interest in missions.  It is a sign of the increased emphasis in medical training and we pray will result in both more PNG doctors at Kudjip showing the love of God to patients, and also more PNG doctors going out to places of great need in PNG to do the same!

 by Dr. Scott Dooley (Hospital Administrator)

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Hospital Evangelism

 

We had the opportunity to do Hospital Evangelism recently on the wards.  Charity found some puppets that we have had, but don’t use as often as we should and so we had them join us for our Hospital Evangelism.  At times kids have been afraid of them, but Charity clearly explained that they had good manners and wouldn’t bite or eat them.  While some of the really little kids were a little afraid, the adults and the older kids seemed to enjoy them.  We shared the story of Jesus’s love for us through the PNG flag, which has the story right in it.

Black the color of Sin, which separates us from God.
Red the color of Blood, which Jesus willingly shed for us on the Cross
White the color of Righteousness, which we become as we believe trust and believe in Jesus.  This is represented in the constellation – the Southern Cross – which gives a visual of the cross Jesus died upon and the 5th star representing the place where the spear pierced Jesus shedding his blood.
Yellow (Gold) the color of the streets of heaven, represented in the National Bird of PNG – the Bird of Paradise, another name for heaven.

This story is not only a way to share Jesus with those who don’t know it, but also a tool for those who do know Jesus to be able to share with others.  What a privilege to share the truth of God’s word and the love of Christ with those who are hurting in the hospital.

Written by Erin Meier – to read more go to www.erininpng.blogspot.com
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One small step for a girl, one giant leap for Bethany

        Today, we all rejoiced as Bethany walked out of the hospital. True, it was more of a slow, steady hobble assisted by crutches, but the fact that this eleven-year-old is alive and ambulating today is truly a miracle. Ten months ago, Bethany came to the hospital with severe septicemia: a bacterial infection that swept through her blood reaching every corner of her body. Bacteria implanted on a valve in her heart, infection permanently stole vision from her right eye, sores opened all over her body, and the microbes finally settled into the tibia bone of her lower leg. Months of fighting infection reduced Bethany to just skin and bones. No matter how hard we tried, we could not overcome the infection in her leg. Unlike the typical osteomyelitis cases we see in children here, a shell of new bone did not grow around the dead, infected bone in Bethany’s leg. Usually, we wait for new, strong, healthy bone to form before removing the dead bone so that the strength of the limb is preserved. But this did not happen in Bethany’s case.
           After months of treatment, there was no sign of any new bone growth. So, in desperation, we removed a 5-inch section of dead bone in its entirety, hoping to remove the persistent infection and allow new healing. Whenever we took her leg out of the splint to change the dressing, it would flop and bend like a wet noodle where the bone was missing. For months, Bethany remained in bed or in a wheelchair, unable to stand or walk. At one point, we considered amputation as we lost hope that the leg would ever heal. Then, miraculously, new bone slowly started to form. Once her wounds healed enough to allow the limb to be protected in a cast, we permitted her to start ambulating. But after months of debilitating disease, she didn’t even have the strength to stand. Last month, in His perfect timing, God provided a visiting physical therapist who assisted Bethany’s rehabilitation as she slowly advanced from standing, to moving with a walker, to ambulating with crutches.  Now, after 10 months in the hospital, she is finally going home! She still has a long way to go, but this small step out of the hospital is a huge leap forward for one very happy little girl.

Written by Sheryl Uyeda – to read more go to  https://sherylmd.blogspot.com

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Kindly Light

 “Lead kindly light, amidst the grey and gloom

The night is long and I’m far from home
Here in the dark I do not ask to see
the path ahead, one step enough for me”
 
 
A couple weeks ago I walked into our pediatrics ward to begin my morning rounds.  A new patient and her parents awaited me on bed 10.  Maria had recently been taken for surgery for a possible abscess in the back of her throat.  Her surgery revealed very little, if any, infection there – but her neck still tightened and she complained of difficulty swallowing.  After examining her, I adjusted her antibiotic coverage and IV fluids, moving quickly on to dozens of other patients that needed my help that day.
 
The next day I saw a note from the on-call doctor who had been called to see Maria because of a “fit” – which turned out to be a muscle spasm, commonly encountered in one of the diseases I’ve seen working here in Papua New Guinea and have grown to abhor – tetanus.
 
Over the next few days, Maria’s body contorted itself in frequent, uncontrolled spasms – through which she remained conscious and alert but paralyzed.  She could not eat or drink and pain etched itself more deeply in her young face.  I remembered Lesley whose drawn out battle with tetanus ended when the spasms and subsequent paralysis overwhelmed his breathing and he died.
 
In a hospital with ventilators, the treatment of tetanus is difficult but largely successful.  The patient is put on a respirator and strong medications given to halt the spasms while antibodies are given to help clear out the infection.  Here, we haven’t been able to get the antibody treatment supplied for a while and we have no ventilators.  So we focus on “supportive” care – an IV antibiotic against the Clostridium organism, IV fluids for hydration, medicines to decrease the spasms – balanced against the need to not completely tranquilize the patient and halt their breathing.  We also place the patient in the darkest room we can contrive, blacking out windows and minimizing stimuli which are known to trigger spasms.

 
Several days into this treatment, I entered Maria’s room where her mother typically slept on the floor next to her bed, to avoid touching her and triggering the illness.  As my eyes adjusted to the tiny ribbon of light allowed through the side of her window I noticed that Maria, who had each day been lying on the bed, was now sitting up slightly in her mother’s arms.  She forced a weak smile on her face and after I reviewed her IV drip and medicines, glanced at her mother who asked me a question that inspired this post:
 
“Em i askim inap i go autsait na lukim san”
 
“Can she can go outside today for a few minutes to see the sun”
 
In the darkness of that room, the tears that instantly rimmed my eyes were hidden, but my breaking voice choked out, “yes.”
 
Often my patients are looking for a glimmer of hope in their struggles.  A kindly light to lead them out of utter darkness.  Sometimes that little hope goes against all medical reasoning, but I believe it is no less crucial.  Maria’s question taught me this in an instant.
 
“Each stumbling step where other men have trod
Shortens the road leading home to my God.”
 
The next day, Maria’s mother told me she was so happy to be outside that, despite having another fit in her room, she relaxed enough to eat a small amount.  Over the next two weeks Maria waged war with tetanus – occasionally being thrown into muscle spasms, occasionally glancing at the ribbon of sunshine in her room, kindling hope and gaining strength.
 
After a month in the hospital, I finally put my pen to Maria’s chart for the last time – not to sign her death certificate as I so often do, but to write her discharge order to go home.  
 
Through a rough and stumbling road in that darkened cave, the Light had brought her home at last.
 
 
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Hospital Expansion Project

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We are excited for the continued growth of our ministry to serve more patients and to grow as a training hospital to train Papua New Guinea doctors.  One of the next phases of this growth is the Hospital Expansion project. 

The following was posted by 

Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea  May 2

The Nazarene Hospital expansion project was launched today in Jiwaka Province.

The project is funded by the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia through the Incentive Fund at a cost of PGK8 million, with the hospital providing PGK2 million of its own funding.

The project includes a 70 per cent increase in bed space for the Emergency Department; a doubling of surgical space for outpatients and the surgical operating theater; a newly renovated ‘Krai building’; more storage for drugs; a new laundry; an additional obstetric ward and nursery, a new administration building and a dental clinic. The hospital’s contributions to the project include a new pharmacy and laboratory complex, maintenance yard and a biomedical incinerator.

Located in Kudjip, it is operated by the Nazarene Health Ministries and is the province’s only hospital which serves a population of about 400,000 people. Annually, it serves 60,000 outpatients and has a critical need for expansion.

The project will take three years to complete, and is expected to begin operations in June 2020.
#PNGAusPartnership

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Most important members of the Hospital

This story first appeared on Dr. Erin’s blog:

Some people would think that the most important person in a hospital is going to the nurses or doctors or surgeons, but the truth is the most important members of the Hospital are our Maintenance staff. Sure nurses, doctors and surgeons all have special skills that allow them to bring physical healing to patients when they need it, but without power, water, hospital buildings and autoclaves, the care that happens at the hospital can’t happen, as we recently discovered ourselves.

Autoclaves are big machines that sterilize instruments and drapes and keep surgery going. For our hospital it is more than surgery that depends on autoclaves so does the ER, our Labor and Delivery Room, and even our Medical, Surgical and Pediatric ward. We take for granted that each day when we need a clean and sterile suture set to sew up a chop in the ER, that we have one. Or when we need more OB delivery bundles to deliver a baby, that we have them.

We have 2 large autoclaves (one bigger than the other) and then 2 tabletop autoclaves. On most days we are using the 2 big ones a few times a day, and only the small ones for a few special instruments. About 1 week ago that changed. Our one autoclave had been broken for a while and we hadn’t been able to get the part we needed, and then the one we were using each day, also quit working. We thought we had it fixed, but then it broke again. So we went from usually using 2 big autoclaves, to 1 big one, to no big ones and only 2 very small ones.

Despite using the 2 very small ones pretty much around the clock, we couldn’t keep up with the demand our hospital puts on our Central Supply. The Delivery Room delivered 6 babies the one night I was on call this week and I did 2 Csections in that time and we pretty much wiped out all our supply of OB bundles. So when no solution to the problem was insight, we actually had to close the Hospital and just become a clinic – where we could see our outpatients and give medicine, but we couldn’t do surgery or deliver babies, we didn’t have the supplies we needed.

For a number of days, our Maintenance guys (especially Jordan, Nolly and Kulang) have been working around the clock trying to figure out how to fix the 2 autoclaves, even to the point of taking one of them apart and putting it back together. When I was doing the Csection at midnight, they were out there trying to get it going. These guys are really the most important people of the hospital because without them we can’t give the care we need – we can’t deliver babies or do surgery or take care of sick patients when they come to the ER. Too often we take them for granted, but this week sure highlighted just how valuable they are to our Mission Hospital.

After putting in many hours, they got us up and running, with still some kinks to be worked out yet, but we are able to run most of our hospital services now, just not quite fully up to doing all the surgery we would like, but hope to get there soon. After having the unusual site of empty delivery beds this past week, it was nice to have each delivery room full this morning, and is a good sign that we are able to be functioning again – thanks to our Maintenance guys.

-Dr. Erin Meier (Director of Medical Services)

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Welcome the Woodley family!

Mat, Tammy, Elana, and MJ are now the newest missionaries at Kudjip!  Mat is an ER doctor joining our ranks of missionary physicians. You can see more about their journey here on their blog.  They have come through the Samaritan’s Purse post-residency fellowship program, which has been a great way to bring new physicians to experience missions here (and many have stayed)!

The Woodley family has gone “to the bush” for cultural orientation and made it back.  They are going through language training and getting into the swing of things here at the station.  Please pray for their transition as a family and their new ministry.

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Late Sr Regina Kintak’s Tribute

Late Sr Regina Kintak, Deputy Director of Nursing Services, passed away on the 22nd of September at Port Moresby General Hospital: Diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (a heart condition).

Survived by husband Mr. White Kintak, Principle of Nazarene College of Nursing, sons- Alister, Harrison and Joas; and daughters- Amanda, Emelyn, Stephany, and Abigail.

She faithfully contributed immensely through Nazarene Health Ministries serving the people of Papua New Guinea for 33 solid years of service in ministry.

Late Sr. Regina had a servant’s heart and was a role model to many who have come to know her. A mother to all, sister, manager, mentor, councilor, and church planter with a smile always on her face, which cannot be seen today but will be remembered.

Late Sr. Regina had a strong determination that she always wanted to share the holiness message of hope to her people. She started a small preaching point with some College of Nursing big brother/ big sister group back in her village in the southern Highlands province. During the funeral service, her family made a commitment to continue to invest in the church building that their mother had started as a preaching point. “Church is our life” said, Amanda White, “We’ve always been in the church and that’s where we belong.”

Thank you for those of you who have prayed and fasted during the time of illness and hospitalization for healing and recovery but God called her home to eternal Glory according to His will.

  • 1 Thes. 4:13-14 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
  • Let us live with the hope and faith we have seen in our dear sister:Hebr 6:19a “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure..”
    -NIV

We invite you to continue in prayer at this time of mourning and sorrow.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.

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Passing it on!

 

 

 

 

 

Left to Right -Dr. Scott Dooley (missionary), Dr. Vuiaboto Moide (contracted doctor), Sr. Mirriam Aipe (Anaesthesia Technical Officer), Dr. Rebecca Williams (Rural Registrar), and Sr. Vero Samson (Scrub Nurse) on a Caesarean section delivery.

 

This picture made my day… maybe more made my year so far- it is a picture of me (Scott) standing and doing not much while one PNG doctor taught another.  Dr. Rebecca Williams is a doctor doing her specialty training through the Masters in Rural and Remote Medicine Program (like a US Residency).  This program is training doctors for rural areas of Papua New Guinea who can do surgery, medicine, obstetrics, etc.. and meet the great majority of typical health problems in places that currently have no doctors.  The Nazarene Hospital is the main place most of these registrars have come to learn surgery.  Dr. Rebecca is working in a rural Baptist facility and is here doing her second 3 -month rotation with us.  Dr. Vuiaboto is interested in the program and joined our hospital as a trial period for us to mutually look at him training at Kudjip the next 6 years.  Whatever happens, this picture certainly summarizes one of our goals – to train up young Christian doctors to provide excellent healthcare and be able to train and disciple others!  It was fun just to be a back-up supervisor as one excellent PNG doctor taught another as part of our great team!

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