THE Wabag General Hospital is overcrowded as patients are going to the main hospital instead of their district hospitals.
Chief executive officer Aaron Luai and Dr Weston Yambut said the hospital had a bed space of 85, however, more patients were still being admitted.
“The hospital provides all the specialist care that each patient may need,” Luai said.
“Instead of going to their nearest district hospital patients are travelling in, we try to accommodate them as best as we can.”
He said the new hospital being built at Aipus would bear some of the load.
The K300 million hospital should be completed by December with the inclusion of staff housing.
Luai said the new hospital would address the spacing issue.
He said staff issues would also need to be looked at.
Dr Yambut said the congestion had overcrowded the surgical, medical and paediatrics wards.
“At present, we have 400 staff in total.
“Once the new hospital opens, we will need 800 staff.”
“When it comes to medicines we also have used the hospital’s own operational funds to pay for the medicines needed,” Luai said.
“Annually, we pay K700,000 for basic medicines to ensure our drugs storage is full.”
The National/ PNG Health Watch
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