With the recent call by Port Moresby General Hospital’s CEO Dr Paki Molumi for more hospitals to be built in the nation’s capital, a new 500-bed hospital is expected to be built in Gerehu.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop when leading a steering committee in its first meeting towards building a new NCD level 5 hospital in Tete, Gerehu, made this known this week.
According to Mr Parkop, the National Executive Council (NEC) approved this project which is expected to cost K500 million is timely considering the pressure on Port Moresby General Hospital.
“This project is vital for the national and city outcomes.
“It is important that the hospital be completed in the shortest possible time so we can release the general demand on PMGH and convert it into a truly specialised and teaching hospital,” Mr Parkop said.
“The new hospital will serve not just Port Moresby but also in the meantime cater to Central and Gulf provinces, serving 1.6 million people.
“We need specialised health care as we are increasingly being challenged by lifestyle diseases, rampant TB and other challenges.”
He said COVID-19 showed us that we need to build our capacity to respond to a pandemic.
“This hospital is a win-win for PNG, NCD and our neighbouring provinces,” he said.
The inter-government committee of stakeholders had representation from NCD Health Authority, NCDC, Health Department, Works, Finance, Treasury and Planning & Monitoring.
The new hospital will relieve the residents in Port Moresby and parts of Central Province too.
This will pave way for the renowned PMGH to remain as the country’s referral centre.
Post COurier/ PNG Health Watch
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