NEW National Capital District Health Authority chief executive officer Dr Steven Yennie wants the Gerehu Hospital upgraded to take some load off the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH).
“The challenge in terms of the load at PMGH is real,” Yennie said.
“The primary role for PMGH as a level seven tertiary and teaching hospital is specialist care services. It is doing everything.
“We are looking at other options to make sure that those challenges are captured in our system in NCD.”
Yennie signed a four-year contract with the Department of Personal Management, Health Department and the health authority board recently.
Other members of the new executive management team include Dr Michael Dokup as the director of curative services and Dr Amos Lano as the director of public health.
Part of the plan is to upgrade Gerehu Hospital into a provincial hospital to help provide health care for people living in the NCD.
The Gerehu Hospital, according to the National Health Service Standards, is still a level four hospital.
“There is no operating theatre or labour ward,” he said.
“The plans are in place to do a facility upgrade maintenance so that Gerehu can take on the responsibility of delivering all the functionality role of a provincial hospital.”
He said the new Gerehu provincial hospital will be built at Tete. A steering committee is working with the relevant central agencies on how to start work on the new hospital.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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