ABOUT 70,000 people from Rigo in Central , Papua New Guinea will now have access to better medical services, a senior health official says.
Rigo health coordinator Jimmy Ravao said this during the recent hand over of the new rehabilitated Kwikila interim hospital by contractor Swan Company Ltd to the provincial health authority (PHA) chief executive officer Dr James Amini.
“The catchment for Kwikila alone is about 18,000, but when the hospital is in full operation, most patients from all over the district will come here,” he said.
Emergency physician and incident manager at Kwikila Dr Ovia Bue, during a tour of the hospital, said although the rehabilitated hospital had a general ward, outpatient, dispensary, laboratory and other areas there was a need for adjustments to avoid overcrowding.
Amini said one of the pre-requirements for any new PHAs was a provincial hospital and Central PHA, which was established on Oct 14, 2019, did not have one.
He said because of this the Kwikila health centre was designated as the interim provincial hospital.
Amini said the provincial health authority had struggled financially for almost two years as there were no funds but with the support of the Health Department in 2020, phase one of the rehabilitation work had now been completed at the cost of K2.2 million.
He commended the department and the contractor on the successful completion of the first phase adding that the second phase of the project would include the rehabilitation of three doctors’ houses.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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