Among the backdrop of high infant and maternal deaths in Papua New Guinea, the survival of a set of triplets and their mother has brought a ray of hope to health workers and rural villagers.
“She gave birth to three babies in the bush all by herself without assistance,” said Paiyo. “Then she came and got us.”
It took at least a day and a half before, the message reached health authorities in the Eastern Highlands. A request for a medevac was sent to Manalos Aviation in Lae – the company tasked with conducting medical evacuations in the Obura-Waninara District.
“It was very difficult. We had to do a lot of research about the villages that were closest to their village.”