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High Sexual and Alcohol related Violence cases put stress on Port Moresby Hospitals

High prevalence of sexual and alcohol-related violence cases at the Port Moresby General Hospital have placed stress on its resources to sustain other wards and associated operational costs, according to CEO Dr Paki Molumi.

Dr Molumi said on Fridays and Saturdays the emergency ward records patients beyond its capacity putting his doctors and other staff under pressure.

He cited that most of these cases are alcohol related, saying there is a need to control alcohol abuse in the city and nearby provinces.

CEO Molumi was speaking at the end of the weekly Walk and Yoga for Life program along the Paga Hill Ring Road.

During this month of Redvember, the walk has been dedicated to further spread awareness and take actions to reduce all forms of violence in the city.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop was leading hundreds of participants and other city residents in a sea of red who took to the streets of #AmazingPortMoresby chanting ‘say NO to Violence.’

The hospital boss said 90 percent of the patients seeking treatment at the emergency ward was alcohol related.

He said in a meeting he was briefed by his social works unit that the sexual violence cases against children, women and girls were also high.

“When you go to our emergency ward on Fridays and Saturdays, there is blood all over the floor. All our doctors are stressed. How can they serve all of them? 90 percent of them is alcohol related…So where does that lead us to? The hospital was supposed to be serving genuine patients with malaria or other diseases. We waste all our resources. Money all eaten up patients who are victims of violence,” he said.

He likened the hospital to Boroko Market where buyers and sellers converge for trading, saying one way to reduce over-crowdedness is through the WYFL program.

“If you go our hospital, it is crowded just like Boroko Market. We want to reduce that number of people coming to the Hospital and this program is the way to reduce it. It is not about medicine; it is not about looking for doctors; it is not about looking for treatment, either. The more we invest in this kind of programs and early diagnosis, we will reduce those numbers. And significantly, we can cut the cost of running health care in the country,” he told the participants this morning.

Dr Molumi emphasised that their involvement in such programs cuts down on possibilities of getting injured when people are responsible over their lives.

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