Kapuna Hospital in the Gulf of Papua New Guinea is a level four mission hospital operated by Gulf Christian Services, serving the people of PNG since 1949.
Our mission is to provide Christ centered medical services.
Making sure we are not the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff
- 2 full time doctors (Currently one volunteer docotor)
- 8 Nursing Officers (all PNG Nationals)
- 25 Community Health Workers (similar to Nurse Aides)
- 5 Laboratory and X-ray staff
- 2 Dentists
- 80 inpatient beds
- Basic Surgery, Pediatric, OB/GYN, and Medical Services
- 24 hour Emergency Department
- Laboratory and X-ray
- Rural village patrols
Ward A is the maternity suite, with two labour beds and a postnatal ward. Here in PNG maternal health is one of the biggest challenges with pregnancy and childbirth complications still being the biggest killer of women age 15-45. The vast majority of deaths occur in home deliveries. In 2013 over 300 babies were born at Kapuna, a rise of about 30% from the previous year, as more and more women are coming to hospital to give birth. Antenatal clinics, postnatal care, and family planning services are all run from ward A.
Ward B is the children’s ward. All manner of problems are seen here, ranging from simple coughs through to broken bones, along with long-term patients requiring monitoring and rehabilitation. Ward B also manages outpatients from the local villages and immunisations.
Ward C is the adult ward. Again, the full range of medical and surgical problems that may be seen in any hospital in the western world are seen here, with the added challenge of tuberculosis, malaria and other tropical diseases.
Actually, tuberculosis (TB) is such a big problem here, that our fourth ward is a dedicated TB ward. Patients on this ward range from babies to elderly people, with every type of TB imaginable: TB lung, TB heart, TB abdomen, TB meningitis, TB lymph nodes, TB breast, TB of the joints… name a part of the body and we’ll probably have a patient with TB there! It’s a massive challenge. We’re working with the health department ‘Stop TB’ programme to try and reduce TB in PNG, but it’s one of our biggest focuses to try and improve the health in this area and reduce transmission of the disease. Patients need to take TB treatment for a minimum of six months, the first two months of which they stay at the hospital in the TB ward. The local level government has recently granted money for renovations and extension of this ward.
The antenatal ward functions as a ‘waiting house’ for women from far away villages, who come and stay in the last weeks of their pregnancy so they are at the hospital for when their labour starts.
The last ward is the ‘Outpatient’ ward, which has dual purpose. It functions as an ‘Accident and Emergency’ department to manage acutely sick patients and injuries when they first arrive, and also provides daily care and dressings for wounds, sores, burns and skin conditions
Check out what the team has been doing this year
- Drug testing
- Malaria testing
- TB testing