K1.9 Billion to be spent on hospital rehabilitation

The redevelopment of 22 major hospitals in the country will cost K1.9 billion (US$620 million).

In the 100-day 25-point plan, Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel highlighted the major hospitals development program which the Ministers for Health and Treasury will be implementing.

The hospitals which will be part of this program include Enga provincial, Mount Hagen provincial and Wewak Boram to name a few.

The Enga Provincial hospital will see a funding of K960 million (US$300 million) going towards the construction commencement.

“All funding are in place with counter funding also in place, we want to get construction started,” Mr Abel said.

The Enga hospital will be a level five referral hospital and is expected to deliver clinical services of general medicine, psychiatry, gynecology, ENT/Head and neck surgery, ophthalmology, oral health including surgery, anesthetics, pathology, radiology and sexual health services.

Twelve units of self-care accommodation for expectant mothers and breast feeding mothers being cared for in the nursery.

Staff accommodation development is also part of the health facility development.

“Mount Hagen hospital redevelopment is through a private public partnership, on smaller scale smaller hospitals will also be included in the redevelopment program,” Mr Abel said.

Also included in hospital and health redevelopments and part of the 100-day 25-point plan are grant projects from the Australian Government, he said.

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