PAPUA New Guineans will no longer need to travel overseas for specialist medical treatment as such services will be available at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), says chief executive officer Dr Pake Molumi.
He said under the hospital’s National Health Plan 2021-2030, recently launched by Prime Minister James Marape, the hospital would provide all medical services including specialist services only available overseas right now.
“We have to be the final stop for patients coming from provincial hospitals. So no more patients will need to travel overseas for treatment,” he said during the hospital staff dedication service yesterday.”
But it would take the hospital 10 years to achieve the goal.
He, therefore, urged doctors and nurses to provide a higher standard of healthcare.
Dr Molumi said the hospital had improved and upgraded most of its facilities and resources in the past two years to improve patient care.
He thanked the hospital staff for their efforts and support in the face of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The hospital will change its name to the National Specialist Referral and Teaching Hospital.
PMGH director for medical services Dr Kone Sobi reminded staff that changes had been made based on their requests.
“Our sector, health, has been allocated the biggest cut of K2.5 billion in the recent budget,” he said.
“Although I don’t think this would be enough to address all the health challenges at present, we must work together to achieve our objectives.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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