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Dr John Oakley’s OTDF Fly River patrol

Dr John Oakley, CMSFHP Medical Officer joined the  OTDF  Communications patrol to CMCA communities  from the 17th to 29th of September as part of the North Fly Health Services Development Program and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (collectively ‘the Program’). Dr Oakley was assisted by the Program’s Primary Health Care Manager, Ray Krai, and visited Erekta, Membok, Kukujaba, Kwem, Mipan, Obo, Aiambak, Kasa, Nakaku AP and Suki HSC.

In Erekta, health promotion messages were provided to the community, specifically regarding water and sanitation and smoking cessation.

In Membok, the community was concerned about  a lack of medical supplies at their local facility, and they requested TB screening. Dr Oakley commended staff at Membok and provided a positive review of their work ethic. Eight snake bites had been managed by staff at the facility, and all patients survived.

A visit to Kukujaba was made for the first time and 27 patients were seen by Dr Oakley with health issues including sprains and fractures, dental issues, back and knee pain, and simple coughs. This community had no health facility and relied on treatment at Membok. Snakebites are a significant issue across the communities, thus an in-service training session was provided at Kwem. Dr Oakley also advised that snakebite management training is provided at Obo HC and that snake antivenom is provided for Suki HC.

A total of 148 patients were seen during Dr Oakley’s patrol. He expressed gratitude to OTDF and the Program, and was happy to serve the community – “I wish to thank OTDF, Abt Associates and all the local staff who supported this patrol for this opportunity and privilege to serve isolated communities along the Fly River.”

CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund and NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited. Both programs are managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.

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