Port Moresby General Hospital Inaugurates Kidney Dialysis Centre, a Landmark Achievement in Specialized Healthcare
In a momentous stride toward enhancing healthcare services, Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) in PNG celebrated the official commissioning of its Kidney Dialysis Centre on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. This significant achievement is a testament to PMGH's unwavering commitment to specialized healthcare.
The realization of the Kidney Dialysis Centre was made possible through the generous funding of K10 million by the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) in 2022. Speaking on behalf of the NFA, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Jelta Wong, commended the government's proactive stance in advancing healthcare.
“This is about giving life to our very own people. I thank the government, the NFA for coming onboard through our Managing Director and our Board of NFA," expressed Minister Wong. He pledged continued support, stating, "This year, through our Board and the MD, we are going to give K5 million to make sure that the program keeps going. We need to do this for our people.”
Hon. Dr Lino Tom, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, emphasized the crucial nature of kidney care as a basic necessity. He congratulated the PMGH board and management for achieving this milestone and called for collective efforts to fulfill the basic needs of the people.
Representing the hospital, POMGEN Board member, Mr. Paul Kiruwi, acknowledged the collaborative effort with the PNG Kidney Foundation and the commitment to deliver specialized kidney services. He revealed future plans, stating, “PMGH with support from the NDOH policy team are working on the regulatory framework to deliver the next objective ‘in Country Kidney Transplant, Yes Kidney Transplant in PNG’ not only to our citizens but also our Pacific neighbors to drive Medical Tourism.”
Mr. Kiruwi expressed gratitude to supporters and partners for making this milestone possible and thanked the two ministers for their continuous support.
The PMGH Board, chaired by Peter Graham, has been diligently working to meet the government's objective of providing specialized kidney services to the people of PNG. The Kidney Dialysis Centre currently boasts a total of 12 dialysis machines, with two recently installed, and conducted its first dialysis treatment for a patient on Monday, January 22.
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