HOPE volunteers and the Pacific Partnership 2011 medical team began working at their first medical clinic in Papua New Guinea. More than 250 people visited the medical team at the Wamper medical site on their first day of treating patients.
HOPE volunteer, Dr. Lee Shoop stayed busy treating Malaria cases, broken bones and other ailments. "After being on the ship for a week, it was nice to see patients, it was a joy, and what I came for, it’s been really rewarding," he says. “I treated one young boy who walked three miles to get his arm examined that he had broken seven months ago.”
The same sentiments were shared by volunteer Nurse Thanh Dinh. Dinh served at the registration desk at the medical site, greeting patients, recording their vital signs and processing them through the clinic with the help of the Navy’s Civil Humanitarian Information Management Experiment (CHIME) system, a hand held computer that helps track patients from the registration process all the way through to pharmacy at remote medical sites.
"I think it went really well. I enjoyed interacting with patients and I was able to learn a new skill with managing registration," said Dinh.
Both Dinh and Dr. Shoop were energized by their first day of care in Papua New Guinea. “The site ran really well and the energy and excitement the entire medical team had when it came to caring for patients was inspiring,” Dr. Shoop adds.
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