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21 August 2018

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Thank you for the serving heart.Glory be to God.

Thank you for the story Dr Pondikou. Reminds of my cousin sister who works at Rabaraba Health Centre in Milne Bay.

They have no electricity, but assist mothers in delivering babies. Great service by many rural health officers, salute you all.

Kevin - God bless the priceless work you and your team are doing in saving lives.

It reminds me of my own twin birth experience at the Goroka Base Hospital. There was no Blood Type'O' at the Blood Bank and I was frantically calling my friends and family to come have their blood checked.

I had to wait for almost 8 hours in pain. I'd say it was a miracle when my neighbour (and a mother figure to me ) was a match and donated a bag. The c section went well.

I have the mission 'Light & Life' Magazine for May 1968.
In it there is an article on the opening of the Rumginae Hospital...

RUMGINAE HOSPITAL OPENED

The Field Director, Mr George Sexton, opened the hospital at Rumginae on January 24. Sixty-one general patients and thirty-one TB patients were already in occupation.

Ray Goodlett started the building. Wal Story, assisted by Doug Beckett. Max Brooking and Dan Ippel completed the fine structure. Papuan carpenters have built more wards nearby.

The Health Department recognises this as a base hospital to serve the seven major tribes of the area, totalling 20,000. Patients are being flown in from outlying mission stations and Administrative patrol posts almost every week.

Inside two years Dr Barbara Ellis’s work has grown from wondering what to do, to wondering what to do first. Her advent has made it possible to help the many TB sufferers in this remote, 500-mile-upriver area.

Assisted by Sisters Jean Stewart and Margaret Thompson, Dr. Ellis is also training five Papuan men as Aid Post Orderlies.

Brian Tucker requests prayers that many will be healed in this hospital in spirit as well as body.
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I was Area Manger for the APCM's commercial arm Pasuwe Ltd. at Kawito in late 1970s and start of the 1980s and we often supplied missos at the hospital.

Kevin, it's great to read of the wonderful medical work you and your colleagues are doing in the hospital's 50th year.

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