YWAM’s Training and Medical Ship, the MV Pacific Link, has just completed a successful 6-month deployment to East Sepik Province.
In collaboration with the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority, Samaritan Aviation and local health providers, the MV Pacific Link, and her team of volunteers delivered healthcare and training to over 16,000 patients in 50 coastal, island and in-land communities in Ambunti-Dreikikir, Angoram, Maprik, Wewak and Yangoru-Saussia Districts.
YWAM Medical Ships was invited to the province by East Sepik Province Governor, Grand Chief Michael Somare.
“I commend YWAM Medical Ships for the work that has been done and for their collaboration with our authorities to provide care to people in some of our most remote and needy locations.
“Together we have achieved a fantastic result, we look forward to continuing our important partnership,” said Grand Chief Sir Somare.
Field activities delivered over the last 6 months include immunisations, maternal health services, dentistry procedures, eye care, health promotion, surgical procedures, distribution of water filters and collegial support for local health workers.
MV Pacific Link’s Managing Director, Mr Brett Curtis, said he was delighted with what had been achieved during the vessel’s first deployment to the province.
“Together with East Sepik Provincial Government we’ve been able to reach thousands of people.
“There are many special stories of lives that have been impacted, but perhaps a highlight was the story of baby Lena, a 2-month old girl that was having breathing problems.
“Together with Samaritan Aviation we were able to treat her, and evacuate her to Wewak Hospital for further treatment. I’m pleased to share that Lena is well on the way to recovery,” said Mr Curtis.
The MV Pacific Link is currently undergoing maintenance in Alotau where the the MV YWAM PNG is also docked before she departs for her next deployment to Central Province this weekend.
Major supporters of the MV Pacific Link’s operations in PNG include East Sepik Provincial Government, Samaritan Aviation, Boram Hospital, Catholic Health Services, PNG Ports Corporation, Fred Hollow’s Foundation, Swire, Consort Shipping, Sepik Coastal Agents and Madang Maritime College.