Kumul Petroleum delivers ventilators to POM Gen


Kumul Petroleum fulfills commitment with the delivery of ventilators to Port Moresby General Hospital

Papua New Guinea’s national oil and gas company on Tuesday 27th October 2020 presented six ventilators together with six breathing circuits to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the country’s largest referral Hospital in Port Moresby.

The life-saving medical equipment is the last set of medical equipment to be delivered by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Kumul Petroleum) to Port Moresby General Hospital (POM Gen). This follows Kumul Petroleum’s commitment earlier this year on the 11th of May, which saw the organisation present to the hospital its commitment to deliver ICU equipment that included the delivery of Personal Protective Equipment for the protection of first responders to combat and contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The six ventilators supplied are manufactured by Savina 300. This state-of-the-art, high performance built-in turbine ventilators will allow the Port Moresby General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to help patients with respiratory failure and those not able to breathe on their own, to maintain proper levels of oxygen in the blood.

The combined value of the 6 ventilators is K702, 960.00, with each ventilator valued at K117, 000. Overall the total cost of the equipment and accessories, comprising of the ventilators, breathing circuits and accessories, are valued at K964, 781.40.

Port Moresby General Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paki Molumi when receiving the medical equipment, said that Port Moresby General Hospital is the largest teaching and referral hospital in Papua New Guinea, acknowledging that the numerous donations by Kumul Petroleum will go a long way in saving the lives of our people (Papua New Guineans).

Dr. Molumi said that Port Moresby General Hospital runs a very busy ICU with eight (8) beds for the entire population of NCD, including Central and Gulf Province and referrals from other provinces; furthermore, as the demand for ICU care is very high with an occupancy rate of over 90 per cent, that the COVID-19 patients that require ICU will compete for the existing beds that are normally used by patients with other diseases.

Upon presentation of the equipment Managing Director of Kumul Petroleum, Wapu Sonk said: “In keeping with Kumul Petroleum’s vision, it is one of our corporate values to maintain appropriate standards in safety, health and wellbeing; as a national company and as a corporate entity, we believe that it is also our duty to directly support our nation’s growth. To this end, Kumul Petroleum values the safety, health and wellbeing of the nation, so with the help of authorities in the health sector, the organisation has initiated support to specialist health centres, and with close consultation with the technical team of experts with Port Moresby General Hospital’s management procured all the equipment that was donated to the ICU”.

In addition to the delivery of these six (6) ventilators, Kumul Petroleum has delivered one (1) video laryngoscope and accessories on June 12; six (6) bedside monitors and accessories on July 24; and one (1) portable X-Ray machine on August 19. Altogether, Kumul Petroleum has invested K1, 647,384.00 in the purchase of the ICU equipment for the benefit of the safety, health and wellbeing of all Papua New Guineans.

Kumul Petroleum Managing Director Wapu Sonk and Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr Paki Molumi are all smiles as they do a fist bump to celebrate the successful delivery of ventilators and breathing circuits plus accessories for the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

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