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Modilon gets new heart machine

Source: The National, Wednesday 17th of October, 2012

MODILON General Hospital in Madang, can now diagnose patients with heart diseases after receiving a new electrical cardiogram (ECG) machine donated by Rotarians on Friday.
Grace Hull, of Vakuta PNG Help Group Australia Inc, Graham Taylor and Sue O’Neill of the Rotary Club of Kenthurst, all based in Sydney Australia, donated hospital equipment worth more than K200,000.

The Rotarians donated digital thermometers, three in one built-in pulse, oxygen level and blood pressure monitor and a portable heart beat monitor for detecting unborn baby heart beats which can work in rural areas without electricity.|

The arrival of the ECG machine is a relief for doctors and nurses at the hospital who have been sharing the only machine the hospital bought in 2009.
The ECG machine is used for examining and detecting abnormalities in hearts.

Hospital deputy director clinical services Sr Mary Kehono said the hospital desperately needed ECG machines to be used in the emergency unit, intensive care unit, consultancy clinic and intermediate ward. A machine costs about K150,000.

“We have been requesting the National Planning Department for this machine for many years now and still haven’t received any response and so far Rotarians have been supplying the equipment we need,” Sr Kehono said. She said the hospital had one ECG machine that was shared by all units. “When we continue to share one machine, it wears out fast. The lifespan of this machine is five years and below and many times we over use them because we don’t have any other,” she said. “We are having many heart patients coming to the hospital. Many people have adapted the western eating habit, especially canned and other processed food as a result they develop heart diseases.”

Rotarians said there were many hospital equipment donated by Australians and they could directly ship them from Australia but it was very expensive to meet freight charges and customs duty.

The hospital staff gave a wish list and the Rotarians agreed to ship them direct to Madang and the hospital will take care of customs clearance

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