Medical student ready to help save lives in Papua New Guinea

Medical student ready to help save lives in Papua New Guinea

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Paul Miles

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Medical student ready to help save lives in Papua New Guinea

A trainee doctor is preparing for the experience of a lifetime when he undertakes an 11-week work placement at a hospital in Papua New Guinea.

Jonathan Messing, who grew up in Oldfield Road, Maidenhead, is approaching the end of a six-year course at Imperial College in London where he studies medicine.

As a requirement of his studies he must complete a work placement to get real life experience of working in a hospital.

He will be travelling to Kavieng, situated on the northern tip of the island, in April next year.

The 23-year-old, who attended St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Cookham Road, decided to pick Papua New Guinea after carrying out research and talking to past students who had also completed a placement in the country. 

"They are really under-staffed and under-equipped. I thought I would be really able to do something," he said.

As part of the trip he has arranged to visit a remote community that only comes into contact with one Caucasian a year.

He will be providing medical help and handing out supplies to people who still see witch doctors when they become ill.

The former 19th Maidenhead Scout Group member is now appealing for sponsors to help fund his trip.

He will be staying with a local family during his stay but said he still needs financial assistance to be able to carry out his life-saving work.

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