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11 August 2017


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Kevin, in 'real time', you are writing and making known achievements that in times past, the telling would remain dormant till a teller, in later life, might publish a biography, (eg. of events based on Saiho in Oro Province). As likely there are others of places elsewhere in PNG, but yours is now and so soon succeedingly and splendidly.

From a map-glance, it might seem that your patients are in proximity to PNG's western border. Can a thought be supposed that news of Rumginae (and similar service delivery facilities) in PNG, is known to folk living beyond that western border? What facilities similar to Rumginae exist beyond that border yet not so distant as (say) Agapun and Warooko? Has facility in PNG excited measurable responsive within Indonesian governance?

Dr Kevin, you are an inspiration to us all. Keep up your superb humanitarian work.

Hmmm, the bilateral tubal ligation. That is a sterilization procedure, correct? Did the woman know/give consent?

Was wondering if that is standard procedure in rural PNG in an emergency c-section with that sort of history (multiple stillbirths, med-evac, etc.)

I do know many times the wife does want birth control/sterilization and the husband will refuse.

Not upset about it, just curious.

Thumbs up doc. Had a similar experience when I was taking care of the Provincial Health Office in Daru in 2014.

The Director for Health and deputy were out of the province so I was acting Director. A radio call came in from Morehead Health Centre, near the Indonesian border.

A mother had complications and was bleeding heavily. I am not a clinician so don't know the clinical term. She needed urgent medivac to Daru hospital.

I arranged with MAF and the lady was flown to Daru that same day. I then arranged with Daru hospital to have an ambulance pick them up from the airport. I was at the airport too.

A few days later I dropped by the hospital to see how she was doing. She was in asleep with the baby next to her. Her husband was with the Morehead Health Centre OIC.

When I entered the husband shook my hand and said thank you very much for saving my wife and child's life. It wasn't an ordinary thank you.

I stood there speechless. I told him I was only doing my job and was happy to save two lives. I gave him the apples and oranges that I bought on the way to the hospital and had a chat with him and the OIC. That encounter gave me a whole new perspective of real job satisfaction.

Dr Kevin Pondikou, it’s good to see you hold this infant in your hands.

Your good mum held you close to her bosom once, never knowing that you would be a doctor one day saving lives in some of the most desolate places on earth.

Dedicated people like you, the MAF pilot, the airline staff and all the health workers seem to me like the ‘Saints of Heaven who keep marching on’ despite the odds. God bless you all.

My heart pains when three infants in incubators died and a mother delivered a still born infant when people destroyed Wabag General Hospital last week.

It is a modern health facility in the heart of town but why it was attacked and forced to shut down is hard to explain.

There could be more serious problems in Syria or Afghanistan but it has certainly been a hellhole for Wabag town residents in the last few days due to election related violence.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You and the rest of the staff are God's hands on earth. Proud to be your friend even if we never meet

God bless you all.

You deserve to be rewarded with a star!

Kevin, you and your team are worth more than all 111 members of parliament.

Dr Pondikou, most urban health care facilities deteriorate in front of health workers, making it difficult to save lives. There are cases where patients die while queuing for medication.

I cannot imagine enough how you and all the selfless individuals and organisations can save a mother and a child.

In the Kuman language of Simbu, we describe rare people like you as 'yal wakai wene' (good man).

A dramatic reminder of the importance of a well organised service to the communities.

A true spirit of humility

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