The Goroka General Hospital in the Eastern Highlands Province (EHP) will soon manage its own funding direct from the National Government to address the drug shortages and other medical issues.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this yesterday in Goroka, while visiting the almost-complete new women and children’s wing, built at a cost of more than K88 million from the Government.
He said the hospital will soon become a self-accounting hospital, just like the Port Moresby General Hospital.
“The National Government will directly fund them to cater for their medical needs to provide consistent quality medical care to the people,” Mr O’Neill said.
He said he will be present during the official opening of the new women and children’s wing later this year, and stressed that the Government’s aim is to provide quality health care to the people. Mr O’Neill said the hospital’s location enables patients from all over the Highlands region to come and seek medical care. He added that the state-of-the-art development was of utmost importance.
Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu, who accompanied the Prime Minister during his visit, acknowledged the government for funding Goroka Hospital’s development, including other projects like the Goroka Airport Terminal building and the Goroka market project.
Governor Numu assured the Prime Minister that his government will make sure that all projects and funds approved by the government will benefit the people of EHP, and not a single toea will be wasted.
Mr O’Neill was welcomed by the chairman of the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health authority chairman Malcolm Smith, and staff of Goroka General Hospital.
The Prime Minister presented K73, 000, raised from a fundraising event, to the children’s ward as well.
The delegation also visited the new Goroka Airport Terminal before retiring to the Pacific Gardens Hotel.
Earlier in the day after arriving in Goroka around 10am, the PM went to the West Goroka Lutheran Church and paid tribute to the late Terry Shelley, a citizen and long-time resident and businessman in Goroka, before visiting the hospital.
The Prime Minister also mentioned during his visit that he is looking at funding the construction of a national stadium in the EHP.
The delegation flew to Lae from Goroka yesterday afternoon. Post Courier