A GERMAN medical team is helping the Nonga base hospital in Kokopo, eastern New Britain, Papua New Guinea and will be there for three weeks.
According to a press release issued by the PNG Ministry of Health, the team is one of four emergency medical teams to respond to the Papua New Guinea government’s request for assistance in the response. to COVID-19.
|German emergency medical team deployed to the Nonga base hospital in PNG. Photo: A group photo of CADUS team members with NCC EMT staff (provided)|
The CADUS Emergency Medical Team is based in Berlin, Germany, and is an independent, non-profit aid organization, and its deployment in PNG was made financially possible by the German government.
Team leader Thorben Schulze-Hamann thanked the German government for funding his team’s deployment to PNG.
“We have been deployed to other parts of the world, and this is the first time we have come to PNG,” said Dr Schulze-Hamann.
Some of the countries in which CADUS has been deployed in the past for natural disasters as well as medical emergencies include Namibia, Bosnia, Iraq, and Greece.
The 10-member team deployed in PNG includes specialists in anesthesiology, intensive care, surgery, nursing and paramedical care. They will be in Nonga hospital for three weeks, starting last Thursday.
Before leaving for Kokopo, they were briefed by the head of the EMT team of the National Control Center, Dr Gary Nou and his deputy, Dr Kapua Kapua of PNG, ENB and the country’s health system.
Provinces that recorded high numbers and ended up in the red or high risk group during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic include ENB. It is still in the red as many other provinces, including most of the highland provinces, have now moved to medium risk.
PNG Deputy COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Controller Dr Daoni Esorom thanked CADUS for responding to PNG’s request for assistance.
He said that apart from the work they had come to do, they should take the time to visit the historic sites of Kokopo as they would find that ENB has a long history with Germany.
Meanwhile, there is also a New Zealand medical assistance team currently in the country. They were deployed in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Three of their members have also been assigned to assist at the Port Moresby National Control Center.
Photo captions: 1. Dr Gary Nou, National Control Center Emergency Team Leader, briefs the CADUS team on some of the things they need to know about PNG, eastern Nova Scotia. Brittany and the PNG health system one day before their departure for Kokopo.
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