Rural clinic hosts HEO students

The Heart of Mary Health Centre in Alexishafen in Madang has been hosting Health Extension Officer (HEO) students from Divine Word University (DWU) for their regular “clinical placement” work.

The regular clinical placement of the HEO students is a small relief for the Centre run by the Health Services division of the Catholic Archdiocese of Madang which has no doctor and has 11 nursing officers although it supposed to have 19.

Health Centre manager and Catholic missionary Sister Maria Christina Lourdu-Swamy said their clinic serves a population catchment of 20,000 people and tries its best to serve the needy despite limited funding and resources.

On Monday ten students from the second year Bachelor of Rural Health (Health Extension) program in DWU were in the Health Centre observing and assisting the nurses attend to patients at the Outpatient Clinic.

Their lecturer Mrs Karika Lynne Anea said the clinical placement was part of two units the students study, namely “Clinical Examination” and “Pathology and Pathophysiology”, in the first semester.

Mrs Anea said the regular clinical placements in clinics were important to exposure the students to clinical work in the field.

“This is an aspect of their training needs and the whole Health Extension second year class has been posted to visit each of the six clinic sites including Alexishafen, Baitabag Day Clinic, Siar Health Post, Yagaum Rural Hospital, Jomba Urban Clinic and Madang Town Urban Clinic),” said Mrs Anea.