A NEW accommodation for cancer patients, known as Halfway House, is taking shape at the Angau General Hospital compound in Lae, Morobe.
Initially proposed by Andrea Niblett, the wife of oncologist Dr John Niblett, in 2009, the Papua New Guinea Cancer Relief Society took up the initiative and managed to get sponsors, mostly from the private sector, to fund the project for K450,000 over the last three years.
Accommodation at the cancer wards is restricted to only 36 inpatients.
“Purposely, it’s to improve accommodation for cancer patients at the national cancer treatment centre, the additional 20 beds will be reserved for patients from other provinces and remote locations in Morobe province.
“And it will not be a full nursing ward, meaning they will be cancer patients with no immediate serious symptoms and those who generally have a better chance of cure – what we can call the walking wounded,” Niblett said.
Niblett thanked the private organisations that assisted in the last three years to raise the funds for the project.
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