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ST JOHNS AMBULANCE PARADEMICS BATTLE MONSOON AND FLOODING TO RESCUE MOTHER IN RIGO, CENTRAL


As residents in NCD and the Central province experience continuous widespread rain, the St

John Ambulance Headquarters received a desperate call for help.

The caller who residing in NCD was requesting emergency assistance for his relative, a woman in the Rigo village of Central province.

The woman, in her 20s had gone through into labour in her remote village. She was suffering a life-threatening obstetric emergency, in need of medical attention.

Upon receiving this call, the St John team immediately dispatched an ambulance and back-up vehicle with a team of paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians to Rigo.

The team struggled through monsoonal rain and widespread flooding to bring help to the
woman. It took the team some three-hours to reach patient.

At Rigo, the woman was stabilised at the scene by the team of paramedics. She was then transported to Port Moresby General Hospital in a stable condition.

Ms Jean Kekedo, CSM, OBE, Chairman of St John Ambulance said “St John continues to assist mothers or pregnant women every week in Central Province.

The St John Ambulance team attend to up to 40 obstetric cases every month in the Southern Region of Papua New Guinea.

St John Ambulance is the difference between life and death for hundreds of women each year.

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