The Hela Provincial Government has thrown its support behind ensuring essential infrastructure for the Hela Provincial Hospital with a K1 million cheque presentation from Governor Philip Undialu and Tari Pori MP James Marape.
The funding compliments a K3.1m (USD1m) donation by Santos and additional K2.2M (USD700k) from Oil Search Foundation (OSF) in October last year for the construction of the new accident and emergency department.
Governor Undialu and Mr Marape also announced further monetary support of K1 million for doctors’ houses, improvements to two district hospitals and the preparation of a provincial and hospital capital works master plan.
“Our government will continue to support the Hela PHA, to deliver health services to our people,” said Governor Undialu. “We will also focus on the redevelopment of rural hospitals, especially the Koroba and Magarima district health facilities.”
Mr Undialu said the partnerships in the health sector is important to collaborate and contribute towards improvements in health delivery.
“I must on behalf of the Provincial Government and the people thank our partners Oil Search Limited, Oil Search Foundation and, Santos for their continued support to the development of Hela,” he said.
“I also note and thank the Australian government for its essential support to build nurses’ accommodation and a new kitchen for the hospital through the Incentive Fund program.”
Mr Marape said the re-allocation of K1 million would be used to build doctors houses. His vision is to see the construction of ten doctors houses in the next few years saying that the contractor would begin working soon.
This support is critical to ensure doctors come and stay in Tari. The HPHA has 11 new doctors which is up from only 1 in 2015.
HPHA deputy board chairman Reverend Olene Yawai thanked Governor Undialu and Mr Marape on behalf of the board saying; “The provincial government’s support is central to the health plans of the HPHA and it is encouraging to see the two MPs taking ownership of health service delivery on behalf of the people.”
OSF Hela Provincial Hospital project manager, Michael Conlon commended all parties saying that the future for Health in Hela was looking bright due to the strong partnerships between government, church and private industry, working together to achieve shared goals. Post Courier
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