A delegation from the National University Hospital of Singapore (NUH) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) helicoptered in to join the YWAM Medical Ship, MV YWAM PNG, last week in Oro Province.
NUS is one of the world’s top universities, and NUH is staffed by a team of healthcare professionals who rank among the best in their field.
The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to explore potential partnership opportunities with YWAM Medical Ships, including the deployment of specialised surgical teams to work aboard the MV YWAM PNG’s day procedure unit to support outreach programs in remote areas of Papua New Guinea.
YWAM Medical Ships’ Managing Director, Mr Ken Mulligan, said the visit was a positive step toward increasing access to surgical services in remote areas of Papua New Guinea in collaboration with local health authorities.
“The prospects on the horizon are very exciting – it will potentially benefit thousands of people living in PNG’s remote communities.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to host the team aboard and look forward to seeing the partnership develop,” said Mr Mulligan.
NUH Department of Surgery SOUL Mission Chief, Dr Ngiam Kee Yuan, said their scouting mission had been successful.
“We have been deploying teams of surgeons to various Asian countries since 2013. The outreach model has proven to be very successful.
“After witnessing the MV YWAM PNG in action this week, as well as consulting with local providers on the ground, we believe a partnership with YWAM and the local health authorities could be a great fit for NUH/NUS.
“A collaborative partnership that includes a combination of our surgical expertise and resources, YWAM’s ships and volunteers, and strong local involvement, could really help achieve some great outcomes,” said Dr Kee Yuan.
The MV YWAM PNG will sail to Port Moresby this week before starting her next patrol to Gulf and Western Provinces on November 17th.
Over the last two weeks, the MV YWAM PNG and her team of volunteers delivered healthcare and training services to over 3,700 patients in 31 coastal villages through the Ijivitari District in collaboration with the Oro Provincial Government.