Clinical consultations in Matkomnail; immunisations on patrol; Aron Bale delivering COVID-19 education to school children at Yenkenai School
The number of COVID-19 cases in Western Province increased to 189, the second highest number of positive cases reported in PNG by province (as of September 28th, 2020). Consequently, COVID-19 remained at the forefront of ADI’s activities, with the majority of patrols grounded over the July-Sept 2020 period due to further lockdowns in the province. However, our commitment to improving the health of rural communities in Western Province remains a priority.
A summary of our activities and geographic reach in Western Province 2020 is shown in map below.
Supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment and cleaning supplies
ADI’s key focus in its COVID-19 response has been committing to ensure health workers feel supported and protected during this period, to continue essential health service delivery. Since late March, ADI has purchased and shipped over 17,500 individual pieces of PPE from Australia to Western Province, and distributed to hospitals, health facilities, schools and other partners and organisations across the province. With 12,200+ pieces of PPE shipped since July to assist with the province’s management and prevention of COVID-19.
Between July 20th-30th, ADI conducted a ten-day patrol to Matkomnai Health Centre and six villages in the catchment area. A range of services including general outpatient services, immunisations, TB and malaria testing, family planning and STI/HIV/AIDS counselling were provided during this patrol. Villages visited included Alice Pit, Yenkenai, Dande 1, Dande 2, Ipoknai and Gresohore. Yenkenai Community School was also visited for public health awareness sessions and clinical screening. Over 540 clinical and screening services were delivered by the team during this patrol, including 168 immunisations. The team continue to reach those who are most vulnerable, providing health services to two patients with a disability and conducting nine house calls to patients who were unable to physically attend the patrol clinics.
In addition to clinical and screening services, the patrol team delivered approximately four hours of community education and awareness on malaria, child health, lifestyle diseases in relation to healthy diets and drug abuse, COVID-19, handwashing and hygiene.
Public health awareness posters, soap and buckets, were distributed to schools and communities alongside education on COVID-19, to promote regular handwashing, good hygiene and other COVID-19 preventative measures.
Remote training on COVID-19 via webinar
Between March to May 2020, ADI delivered five COVID-19 training webinars to health workers and staff at four hospitals in Western Province. This quarter, two additional webinar trainings were delivered at Balimo Hospital in August, and to Aerial Health Patrol staff in September to ensure they were equipped with comprehensive understanding of COVID-19 prevention and management when health patrols in the Middle and South Fly Districts resume.
To date, ADI has provided training to 68 health workers and hospital staff through this online COVID-19 training module in Western Province.
With thanks to the Australian Government’s Australian NGO Cooperation Program and Horizon Oil for support of our work in Western Province.