Sec 84, Lot 22, Doreen Place, Korobosea, NCD, Papua New Guinea Ph: 73304080, 72450527
PO Box 1238, Waterfront,
Konedobu, NCD, Papua New Guinea
Contact person: Dr. Poyap J Rooney
The area that is now the suburb of Korobosea was an area that the traditional Motu-Koitabu land owners used to forage around for eggs of the flightless bird they called ‘Koro’. ‘Bosea’ is the word for basket, because the nest of the Koro bird resembled a basket.
South Pacific Diagnostic Technologies Ltd (SPDT Ltd) was established to venture into the diagnostic technology supply industry in PNG. Our early market research showed that the market was held by a handful of mostly foreign owned, locally registered companies.
We felt that we could have competitive advantage through proper user need assessment and sourcing out the most appropriate available diagnostic technology in the market to suit PNG’s low resource setting without compromising quality.
Currently we have a well-established relationship with 2 major internationally reputable manufacturers of diagnostic equipment.
Alere (Now Abbot)
We have been the authorised distributor of several point of care (POC) test analyser for Alere since 2014. (See below). We have sold several of these analyser to our PNG customers who continue to order test consumables from us. While these orders quantities have been low we are confident that we will see increase in sales in the nexts few months to years as more and more healthcare provider see that benefit of having these tests available.
NB: Alere has only recently in Novemeber 2017 been acquired by Addott diagnostics.
H3 Diagnostic and YHLO
More recently, in early 2017 we sign our second major distributorship agreement with H3 diagnostic, an Australian-based company that represents the manufacture of various analysers that have entered the market and seeing strong growth internationally (see below).
So far we have not yet sold any YHLO products however we do use their UNION Immunoanalyser at our primary healthcare facility, Korobosea Medical Clinic and Laboratory Services. The UNION analyser has allowed us to expand our testing capabilities and because we are ordering directly from the manufacturers we are able to offer these tests at a competitive price compared to our competitors.
- The epoc blood analyser.
A robust hand held analyser (reader) and computer designed to give laboratory quality results for blood gas, electrolytes, creatinine, lactate and glucose (and other calculated parameters) at the point of care using compact tests card that incorporate all necessary reagents and stored at room temperature..
11 critical tests on a single card
pH pO2 K+ Cl- Lac Hct
pCO2 Na+ Ca++ Glu Crea
AGap cHCO3 – BE(ecf) cSO2 eGFR
AGapK cTCO2 BE(b) cHgb eGFR-a
2. Triage MeterPro analyser
The Alere Triage MeterPro is utilised in thousands of healthcare facilities worldwide. With a variety of individual tests and panels, the Triage system provides rapid results at the point of care, supporting accelerated treatment decisions.
Lab Quality at POC Speed
- Built-in Quality Controls
- Lot-specific assay calibration
- QC material available
- Operator ID and QC lockouts
- Ability to run batch testing
- Whole blood, plasma or
These test are essential for the proper evaluation of critically ill patients presenting to emergency. Both the epoc and the triage meterPro analysers allow doctors caring for these patients to perform these important blood test and have results ready in less than 15 minutes, which helps them make quick potential lifesaving treatment decisions.
3. The Afinion AS100 Analyzer provides valuable near patient testing for today’s busy healthcare professionals who understand the value of knowing now. The Alere Afinion Test System utilises the latest technology and provides a simple, fast and reliable method to bring more to your in-office evaluations.
- Muliple analytes on one system – HbA1c,
- Lipid Panel, ACR and CRP
- 3 minute HbA1c
- 5 minute Albumin/Creatinine Ratio (ACR)
- Short test time provides the opportunity for
more timely treatment changes
- Easy sample collection and operation, minimal training required
- Reliable, laboratory-quality results
More details about the above analysers can be found on the enclosed brochures and on the Alere website on
4 The YHLO Union automated enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).
In early 2017 we entered an agreement with H3 DIAGNOSTICS, an Australian company that represents the Chinese diagnostic manufacturing company YHLO.
South Pacific Diagnostic Technologies ltd is now the official sub distributor of YHLO diagnostic products in PNG.
The main analyser from YHLO that we are using at our pathology laboratory is the YHLO UNION Immunoanalyser.
The UNION analyser takes an old testing principle, i.e the ELISA, and puts it on an automated platform making it easier to perform ELISA testing in small to medium size laboratory. The cost per test is affordable and the analyser itself is robust and has low maintenance requirements.
5. Hemocue 201 Hb point of care analyser
Providing lab accuracy and ease of use, the HemoCue ® Hb 201+ system has become a standard in Hb point-of-care testing. Healthcare providers around the world rely on the immediate results so they can make the right decisions when they need them most — right at the point of care.
6. The Innovative Difference for Faster Care
With groundbreaking technology, the HemoCue WBC DIFF makes it possible to get not only lab-accurate white blood cell counts but also five -part differentials at the point of care. In just five minutes, you have accurate counts for neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils. Fitting seamlessly into a variety of clinical applications and even remote field clinics, the benefits are clear.
Immediate WBC DIFF counts can mean the difference between waiting and taking action at the point of care — helping you move from assessment to treatment within minutes rather than hours or days.
Primary Healthcare and Pathology testing services.
In 2016 we opened our small community-based primary healthcare and pathology testing facility, Korobosea Medical Clinic. We are located short distances away from Port Moresby General Hospital, and two other major PNG Hospitals.
THE ORANGE STAR IS WHERE WE ARE!!!!!
We offer general practice (GP) services which includes the facilitation of consultation by our our specialist associates admission to Hospital if required. Currently Dr Rooney is seeing patients by appointments only mainly after 4pm, during weekdays and on Saturday mornings.
The fact that we order directly from manufacturers means that we can offer our tests at very competitive prices. We believe our services will create much needed competition in an otherwise small private healthcare and pathology testing market. This can only be of benefit to the people of PNG.
Primary Healthcare services:
Specialist consultation and referral for elective cases.
We enjoy a good collegial working relationship with several hospital-based, specialist medical doctors who consult patient at the clinic and also can arrange hospital admission if required.
We believe a healthy workforce will be a productive one. We offer several health programs for organisations who have made the health of their workers a priority. We can give seminars at business houses and even conduct health checks either onsite or at the clinic. We believe this area of occupational health will grow when the PNG economy starts to pick up again.
Rooney has a post graduate diploma in aviation medicine and is awaiting appointment as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) by the civil aviation safety authority (CASA). Once DAME status has been given we can start marketing of services for pilots and other aviation industry personnel who require regular medical examination for the license renewal.
Chronic disease management:
Chronic diseases are medical conditions that a person will have for the rest of their lives. This group of diseases include – Diabetes, High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, and many others.
Chronic diseases require a different approach to acute sicknesses that a patient may have for short periods of time onle. For example in diabetes the promotion of self care and the education of patients about their own condition is very important so that they can also participate in their own care.
Many times with chronic disease a multidisciplinary approach is needed and it is important that the referral on communication between the different health professionals involved in a person’s condition is coordinated so that care is as efficiant and effective as possible.
Electronic patient medical records Papua New Guinea
Most of our records, medical, financial and inventory are on a computer network with a dedicated server and is backup on a regular basis. The software program we use is called Patient Manager Advanced (PMA) from the European-based software publishing company called VeriKal. We are also the authorised distributor of this and other software produced by VertiKal in PNG.
This system allows our front desk staff to schedule appointments and reminders, send messages from the software via mobile SMS or email. This has been a very worthwhile investment as we have found it very useful.
More information can be found on here however if you purchase from us you will get a 30% discount for the very useful software.
Building and environment
The clinic itself is very comfortable with a reception and waiting room to fit 10 people comfortably. It has a central coffee table with assorted magazines and other interesting reading material and a television. The doctors room is fully kitted for a primary healthcare setting and emergency resuscitation equipment should a patients develops an emergency after arriving. The pathology area is located towards the back of the clinic and contains all our laboratory analysers and equipment.
Car parking and outdoor waiting areas
We have a secure car parking area to fit 3 cars and a separate emergency ambulance bay. Clients also have the option to use the outdoor waiting area should they wish. This area is furnished with seats and tables, vegetation and a small water fountain and has plenty of shade. It has a designated smoking and chewing area.
We have grown steadily over the last few years and have consolidated our relationship with our suppliers, agents and our customers and clients. We are continuously working at improving our systems and the quality of the services we provide.
We are hopeful that the next 5 years will see even more steady growth and expansion of our services.
We are passionate about what we do and have a genuine desired to see the improvement of the health status of our individual clients as well as the wider community.
We have already contributed to the training and professional development of the numerous employees we have seen pass through and we hope to formalised our training and partnership with the bigger hospitals and the University of PNG so that we can contribute more in the future to the development of the different cadre of health professional in the country.
We also plan to explore the potential of developing relationship with rural health facilities as part of our social responsibility and our desire to see the improvement in health even in rural based communities. This is something that has always been part of our vision. We have already started preliminary discussions with a couple of rural communities and hope to develop a working relationship soon.
We recently landed another sale of the epoc and the triage Meterpro analyser to Gerehu Hospital and see this as a major achievement as we anticipate that they will utilise these two analyser more for the benefit of their patients.
We know that these two analysers are the best and most appropriate analysers for emergency departments, intensive care units and operating theatres throughout the country and hope to see its uptake in the coming years.
Our pathology testing capabilities
|Urine Albumin: creatinine ratio||K75|
|C- reactive protein||K75|
|Electrolytes (Na+, Cl-, K+)||K75|
|Full blood examination||K75|
|Vitamin D 25-OH||K75|
|Dengue N2 antigen (RDT)||K55|
|Microscopy +/- gram stain||K75|
|HIV – Ig/Ag combo (Alere)||K75|