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PMM in Papua New Guinea

PMM in Papua New Guinea

Volunteers of the Polish Medical Mission, dentist Katarzyna Błądek, pharmacist Tomasz Grzelczak and surgeon Przemysław Lipiński, spent three weeks working intensively in Papua New Guinea, treating patients and training the local medical staff and the local community.

Our volunteers were hosted in Kundiawa by priest Jan Jaworski, being also a doctor working at the local hospital. Additionally, the volunteers were active in the field – in localities where health care is not available on a daily basis: in mountain villages where e.g. dental treatment is only possible with the portable units that were purchased by PMM and at health care centres, which do not work on a regular basis due to the shortage of personnel and equipment.

During the stay in Kundiawa, the volunteers took part in ward rounds at the orthopaedic, surgical and bone tuberculosis departments. Przemysław Lipiński delivered talks on treating wounds and preliminary instructions on using vacuum pumps; he made the listeners familiar with the method of topical negative pressure therapy; he applied vacuum dressings to patients of the hospital, assisted by Dr. Jaworski in the presence of the medical staff, doctors and nurses, from all of the departments; he provided training on the topic of diabetic foot syndrome and on operating the vacuum devices that were supplied. Consultations were also provided for other patients with chronic wounds. Tomasz Grzelczak conducted a training on treating pain and inspected the organisation of the hospital pharmacy.