CENTRAL Governor Rufina Peter says she will support work on the Central Provincial Hospital which was launched last year by her predecessor Robert Agarobe as it was a Pangu Pati commitment.
She said, however, that this would depend on funding from the National Government and added that her priority was on maintaining, upgrading and improving capacity at all existing health facilities in the province in terms of infrastructure, staffing, equipment and medicines.
Peter said focusing on the five district hospitals and aid posts in the wards would ensure practical healthcare benefits for the people of Central.
“All of this will be based on the environment that suits the province’s finances,” she said.
“Apart from pursuing the hospital, we can always have referrals from the district hospitals to the Port Moresby General Hospital.”
Meanwhile, earlier this year, former Central governor Robert Agarobe said that a total of K15 million out of a K700 million projected cost was allocated for initial works on the Central hospital. Agarobe had said that the Central Provincial Health Authority would use the funding to meet some requirements as part of the initial stages of construction at the Bautama site 6km south-east of Port Moresby.
The hospital was launched in November last year with joint funding commitments from the Chinese Government.