“Ask not what Southern Highlands can do for you, but what you can do for Southern Highlands”
The line adapted from John F Kennedy’s inaugural speech becoming the 35th President of the United States, enlightens on a simple but powerful message that challenges everyone to contribute in some way to the public good.
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The Southern Highlands Medical students attending the School of Medicine and Health Science in collaboration with the UPNG Southern Highlands Students Union have embodied the theme and are already on a mission to bring about the mindset and facilitating meaningful change to their province and the nation as a whole.
One of the most important institutions in the Southern Highlands is Mendi General Hospital, the main referral hospital of the Province. However, the hospital lacks critical infrastructure, medical equipment and machines that is required for a hospital serving a major population base to be effective.
CT Scan machines are critical because it scans the entire body (both bones and tissues) and pinpoints the locations of tumors, clots, and infections. This will help medical professionals administer the right treatment to save lives after having done proper diagnosis of diseases.
That will be a breakthrough for the province and the region as countless lives are still being lost from curable diseases because medical experts do not have the proper equipment to serve their patients. A CT Scanner doesn’t come cheap and the costs of the machine lies around K2 Million to K2.5 Million which is no easy feat to raise, nonetheless the SHP students a determined to raise the funds.
SHP Medical Students faculty President Felix Komyala David is one of the leaders that is spearheading the initiative alongside other students’ leaders spoke with PNG Buzz and made it clear that the drive behind the fundraising is an initiative taken by the students with the whole intention of empowering the people to learn to help themselves rather then wait for the government and politicians to deliver the services.