Enga province will soon benefit from a new general hospital that will be constructed at the tune of K322 million, approved by the National Government.
This was revealed by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas yesterday in Port Moresby.
Construction for of the hospital will begin at the end of this year as soon as all the negotiations for tendering and awarding contracts are completed.
"The first K22 million that was appropriated by the national Government was used for securing the piece of land and ground works for the hospital to be situated on.
The land secured is about 34 hectares. Mr Ipatas said the remaining funds will be used to cover the expense of a new medical school, staff housing and quarters and hospital facilities. "Since the Government is giving us a lot of money, the hospital will be built to cater for national interests as well," Mr Ipatas said.
"Therefore, we are embarking on creating the second medical school in the country apart from the Taurama campus of the University of Papua New Guinea."
Mr Ipatas also announced that the Enga Provincial Government had acquired what was once the Sopas Nursing College and has transformed it into the Enga College of Nursing.
"A further K3.5 million will be used to upgrade the Wabag District Hospital. The hospital will cater for the people of Enga, as well as people who need medical attention from other provinces as well," Mr Ipatas said.
"Furthermore, we are embarking on building more institutions in the province and this also includes educational institutions as well."
Mr Ipatas said the Institute of Business Studies will be having their first batch of degree graduates this year.
"Other notable institutions in the province that we have partnered with are the Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies amongst other institutions as well," Mr Ipatas said. Post Courier