KAVIENG HOSPITAL OUT OF ANAESTHESIA

“We are only focusing on emergency cases because we do not have enough anaesthesia to carry out other operations,” said Dr Wangnapi."

Kavieng General Hospital has been running out of essential drugs especially anaesthetic drugs to put patients to sleep whilst being operated on.

Kavieng General Hospital CEO Dr Alex Wangnapi said due to shortage of anaesthetic drugs, the hospital has being scaling down its operations.

“We are only focusing on emergency cases because we do not have enough anaesthesia to carry out other operations,” said Dr Wangnapi.

“Not only Kavieng Hospital is facing this drug shortage issue, the Namatanai District Hospital and the other health centres in the province also.”

He stressed that shortage of drug supplies were a result of the most obvious reason of funding issue that not only faced in Kavieng but other parts of the country also.

“The hospital’s appropriation budget is not sufficient because we are now low,” he said.

“We have been using our Public Investment Program (PIP) Funding which is now only five hundred thousand kina left and that is enough to cater for the next seven months.”

Dr Wangnapi further stressed that after the seven months is over, the hospital would most probably shut down if that is the only option left.

By Emmanuella MEMAFU
February 4, 2019