Should the Government build another state of the art hospital in Port Moresby to cater for the increasing population??
The concern raised by the Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr. Paki Molumi regarding shortage of bed space must not be ignored and taken lightly. The concern raised is a real one.
When the hospital was built by the Australian Government during the colonial period, it was built to serve a population of 200,000 people in Port Moresby. When the Japanese part of the hospital was built in the early 1990s, it was then able to built serve a population of 400,000. Early in the life of the hospital, it was Central Province, later Port Moresby become part of National Capital District.
The building structures of the hospital has since remained the same and not enough to accommodate the increasing population of the city and it will not slow down anytime soon. Right now, the city's population has gone past one million mark. Once the trans-island highway and and gulf-highlands highway are built to connect National Capital District, the city of Port Moresby will house thirty percent of the country's population. It will happen. The hospital will continue to carry this burden. Right now, the hospital is surviving on respirator. It is carrying the load for the city, Central Province, Gulf Province and the country
Port Moresby General Hospital is providing primary, secondary and tertiary services. This is too much of a load. Its intended role as a National Referral, Tertiary Teaching and Research Hospital is not fully reached because right now, the services it provides is primarily consumed by primary and secondary services. Instead of delivering health services as a level 6/7 hospital, it is delivering its services as a level 4 hospital according to the National Health Services Standards. Patients referred from other provinces to receive a tertiary health service are not getting it. It is providing 10% of its function, and 90% squandered by primary and secondary functions.
The board and management of this hospital is making calls for assistance, the calls should be heard and the rescue package when given must be tangible and not fractionalised.
By now, the Gerehu stage 6 hospital should be up and running, what has gone wrong now when former Health Minister Honorable Michael Malabag and his government made the decision to built a hospital there? National Capital District in built on Central Province land, the government of PNG should now give a gift to the people of Central Province by building a level 5 hospital. The Gulf people have traveled PNG not as laborers but elites to develop PNG during the colonial days, to independence and to the eighties. The government of PNG should say thank you and build a level 5 hospital for the people of this province.
Dr. James Naipao
National Doctors Association
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