Two new Cancer Hospitals in 2018
May 2, 2017 – BY GORETHY KENNETH
The Government will build two cancer hospitals one in Port Moresby and another in Lae in 2018 when they return to power, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said yesterday.
The government will also change and make the country’s medical faculty a program on its own to train specialist doctors. All these will start in 2018.
“Over the past five years, working with our partners, including churches, we have expanded medical services to remote areas and rebuilt hospitals,” he said.
The government will also build TB centres in Western Province and Gulf to fully contain the disease and help the people.
“We are building new facilities including nursing schools, and we are working to establish a standalone medical university.
“We have trained 592 nurses assigned more than 400 doctors around the country and currently we have 415 clinical health workers enrolled and in training.
“The changes at Port Moresby General Hospital, Angau, Mt Hagen, Kerema, a new hospital in Popondetta, hospitals at Goroka and Boron, and many other hospitals, are great examples of advances in healthcare.
“Port Moresby General, as an example, has transformed from a mess only a few years ago, to the functional hospital it is today.”
Around the country we are delivering changes to healthcare, and this will continue to be a priority for our government. Hospital re-developments are ongoing in Mt Hagen, Mendi, Boram in Wewak, Popondeta, Kerema, Madang and Kundiawa, with actual appropriations for each hospital over K20 million.
“A new hospital for Enga has been allocated K15 million and a new NGI Regional Hospital at Wairiki, ENB, has been allocated K35 million so far. These are but a very small slice of the actual capital works program in the health sector funded under the development budget.
provincial hospitals receiving direct funding and our commitment as a PNC led government, we will continue to invest in provincial and district hospitals directly for the next five years.
“We must rebuild all rundown hospitals all across the country. It is important that the training doctors and particularly nursing colleges, and the new ones we are building right across the country . It is important that we continue our commitment,” he said.