Thousands attend mega health clinic in Papua New Guinea

Thousands waiting for a check-up. (Credit: 10,000 Toes Facebook page)

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In extraordinary scenes, thousands of people are queuing for check-ups at a mega health clinic which is being held this week in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea.

Located at Mt Hagen, the clinic was opened on Tuesday with a large welcoming ceremony attended by more than 2500 people, including the Governor of the Western Highlands Province, Wai Rapa.

A joint effort of the 10,000 Toes Campaign and Adventist World Radio, the clinic is being manned by 426 volunteers, including 86 doctors and 40 nurses, alongside 300 local health workers. Services include diabetes screenings and other medical and dental checks.

Intermittent heavy rain has made the conditions challenging, however the medical volunteers remain steadfast in their mission. The clinic remains open until Friday (April 19), with an eye clinic extending services until April 26. The target is to assist 20,000 patients during this period.

Embracing a holistic approach to healthcare, the clinic not only seeks to serve the underprivileged but also embody the healing ministry inspired by the teachings of Jesus and provide an environment for international and local health professionals to learn from each other.

The clinic is being held in the lead-up to the PNG for Christ evangelistic campaign, which is set to begin next week.

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