Simulation rooms opened for health students

Divine Word University (DWU) opened two simulation rooms to be used by students in the Rural Health (health extension officer) program at the Madang campus on Friday 26th July, 2015.

The simulation rooms were officially opened by the Secretary of the Department of Health Mr Pascoe Kase and the Chairman of the Divine Word University Council Archbishop Douglas Young.

The simulation rooms will be used by the students for their practical work.

In his keynote address Mr Kase highlighted the importance of practical experience such facilities provided to students.

He said while theories learnt in lectures were important, it was the practical skills attained during practical work that ensure graduates who join the workforce were appropriately prepared to deliver professional service.

Mr Kase said the health professionals in Papua New Guinea were struggling to deliver services at their work places due to lack of practical skills acquired during training.

He said the government was therefore employing professionals from abroad while its institutions educated the health professionals.

Mr Kase said the government embraced partnerships such as the one with DWU in which private institutions were assisting to achieve the national development goals of the country.

He congratulated DWU for the opening of the two simulation rooms and pledged the support of the government.

Archbishop Young in his speech said the University Council was aware of the high costs involved in building the simulation rooms and said the University would ensure it achieved its intended purpose.

Archbishop Young entrusted the new buildings in God’s hands saying that the learning activities carried out in the simulation rooms would benefit people in the rural areas of Papua New Guinea.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Associate Professor Clement Malau said that DWU was passionate about developing quality health standards.

Dr Malau said the opening of the simulation rooms is a humble way of achieving quality health standards.

The guests, DWU Council members and the university community members present were given a tour of the simulation rooms where demonstrations were carried out showing how students would have hands on experience in diagnosing sicknesses using dummies as part of their training.