PNG's MORESBY South MP Justin Tkatchenko says the Indonesian government has allocated K60 million for the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH).
Tkatchenko announced this recently during the swearing-in of the Operation Open Heart (OOHF) Foundation board members.
“We secured K60 million for Port Moresby General Hospital for different projects, they are going to be rolled out shortly as per the hospital’s requirements,” he said.
“We are happy to facilitate that with the Prime Minister James Marape and with the team coming from Jakarta in the next couple of weeks to look at the PMGH and what needs to be done and secured,” he said.
The MP was expected to be with Marape in Indonesia this week to help facilitate the funding.
Tkatchenko, who is the patron of OOHF, said: “We have a lot to look forward to, lots of things to do, a lot of money to raise and my role in government as your patron is to help secure that.
“Just like the fundraising we held recently with Daryl Braithwaite and all the efforts there which help raise a lot of needed money for this very worthy cause.”
Tkatchenko encouraged the board members including medical doctors and staff that it was not a mistake to be on the board.
“We would like to see double the number of doctors who are working on cardiac and more training overseas,” he said. The OOHF board members sworn in included chairman Katherine Johnston; deputy chairman Dr Noah Tapaua, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Arvin Karu, specialist senior medical officer, Dr Cornelia Kilalang, chief paediatrician Dr Wesong Boko, interventional cardiologist Dr Elizabeth Alok, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Joel Silari, senior medial officer anesthetist, Dr Dianne Olita’a, senior medical officer paediatric and Dr Stanley Malen – senior medical officer cardiologist.
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