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Program officers successfully assist with emergency case via phone call

North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) and CMCA Middle South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) Health Extension Officer (HEO) Gabriel Milep and Nursing Officer Grace Lipen while on clinical attachments at Ningerum Health Centre were able to provide assistance over the mobile phone to the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) at Iowara Health Centre for a mother who was in distress after delivering her baby.

OIC Nurse Martin Kindada at Iowara Health Centre made a phone call at 3am on the 29th June 2018 to HEO Gabriel Milep seeking medical assistance for a mother with retained placenta for more than an hour after administering oxytocin. OIC Kindada was worried that the mother might have further complications and made the decision to call HEO Milep and Nursing Officer Lipen for assistance. Nurse Lipen provided instructions to OIC Kindada to administer misoprostol and to monitor the mother’s condition.

Nurse Lipen and HEO Milep later followed up with OIC Kindada on the condition of the mother and to the officers’ relief, OIC Kindada was able to successfully remove the placenta and reported that the mother was doing well. OIC Kindada was appreciative of the assistance and advice provided to him by HEO Milep and Nurse Lipen during the early hours of the morning. He went on to thank NFHSDP and CMSFHP on Facebook sharing his appreciation for the assistance provided by the program officers during the emergency.

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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