An Australian ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist medical team visited Vanuatu from 12 to 16 October to diagnose, treat and, working with medical personnel at Vila Central Hospital, (VCH) perform operations, on patients suffering from respiratory and hearing illnesses and head and neck disorders. The team included three surgeons, an anaesthetist, an audiologist and three nurses from Australia.
The ENT team is one of a number of Australian-funded specialist medical teams that visit Vanuatu each year, with funding from the Australian Government through the Pacific Islands Program (PIP) and generous donations by Australian individuals. Since 1995, PIP ENT teams have conducted over 600 successful operations and consulted approximately 3,000 patients during their visits. They also provided valuable training for VCH’s medical staff. Some members of the team were on their 15th visit to Vanuatu. They commended VCH medical personnel on their improved skills. “It’s always a pleasure to donate our time to support our Ni-Vanuatu friends. Each year I am very impressed by the progress made by the Vanuatu ENT team”, said Australian surgeon Dr Perry Burstin. “I would like to thank the Australian Government not only for facilitating this visit but also for being the main donor to Vanuatu’s health sector”, Dr Leona, Chief Surgeon and Medical Superintendent of the VCH, said. In addition to providing financial support to Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health, the Australian Government is working in partnership with the Vanuatu Government and other development partners to enhance health facilities across Vanuatu, develop the skills of health workers, respond to damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam, improve immunisation, and reduce dramatically the incidence of malaria. This week, from 19 to 24 October, an Australian Government-funded Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team also visited Vanuatu.
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