AUSTRALIA is committed to the development of health in PNG, the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said.
After a visiting the sick at the Mambisanda Lutheran Hospital in Wapenamenda, Enga on Saturday she saw the ageing medical equipment there.
Bishop was taken on a tour of the hospital by chief executive Dr Raymond Saulep, who has been there for the last eight years.
“We’ve already made significant contributions to health in Papua New Guinea,” Bishop said.
“If there are any specific requests, we’ll work with the health minister and the Government to address those. “There are many NGOs (non-governmental organisations), public sector and private sector organisations involved, so we have to be assured that we align the aid dollars with the particular needs that we don’t duplicate, that we don’t waste money.
“That’s why we work directly through the Government to ensure that the money reaches those who most need it. We do also provide funding for new buildings and I said at the Enga Nursing College, that Australia is providing funding for new buildings and new dining area to support the staff.
“We provide scholarships for nurse training and we continue to provide that kind of support through both the education system and the health system.”