THE renovation and upgrade of the Lorengau General Hospital will translate to better health outcomes for the Manus people.
The hospital’s CEO Dr Otto Numan said this last Friday in an interview with the Post-Courier, when confirming the assistance that the hospital will be getting as part of the Australian government’s additional development assistance to Manus.
"The health outcome is good. It will mean improvement of services, in some areas there will be reduction of waiting time for services and that has only come about because we have had the chance of having newer medical equipment.
"The dental clinic has been upgraded to cater for our people, also for our asylum seekers – because these people – they’ve also come to use our facilities," he said.
The hospital will also take the delivery of medical equipment this month while work on the dental and STD clinics have been completed.
A water purifier was also put in the dental clinic to ensure the water supply was bacteria-free.
"Our people have looked under the microscope and said it is bacteria-free so this is good service for our people also.
"I am not sure whether any part of the country has that machine and privilege. They are also purchasing some more dental equipment."
While it appears to be all systems go for the hospital’s dental service, Dr Numan said the only setback was space availability at the hospital to enable the installation of the new equipment in the clinic.
HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases were also on the rise in the province and the recent completion of an STC clinic funded by the Australian government was timely. However, the hospital will need to train staff to man the clinic before it opens.
"We are just waiting for three people to be trained and then as soon as they are trained, they will commission the building and they will move there," said Dr Numan. Post Courier