Kiunga Hospital has opened two new wards, the first major works at the hospital since it first opened in 1985.
The surgical and TB wards and a new morgue fridge which cost K1.1 million and took 18 months to complete was project managed by the North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP). The project was funded by the Fly River Provincial Government (FRPG) through the Tabubil Kiunga Health Agreement between the FRPG and Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML).
The Caretaker Provincial Administrator, Mr Roland Domnai, speaking on behalf of the Provincial Government thanked OTML and Abt JTA for their support to improve the Kiunga Hospital which had not seen any major improvement over the last 28 years. He added that the Government will continue to work with key development partners and the Churches to improve the standard of health in the Province.
Employee and External Relations General Manager Musje Werror who represented OTML thanked the Provincial Administration, the District Health, the Kiunga Hospital Management and staff with the support from the NFHSDP for the commitment to improve the Hospital facilities and services.
“The Hospital has never been in a better state. However, much more needs to be done to raise it to a District Hospital standard. It is good to see some of the funds generated by OTML for the FRPG being put to good use.”
Mr Werror reminded the staff and patients that they needed to take good care of the new facilities.
Kiunga Hospital Administrator, Graeme Hill thanked OTML and the Provincial Government for their support.
Mr Hill said planning for the project commenced in August 2010 and a contract was awarded to Tabubil Engineering in September 2011. Construction started when the then Provincial Administrator Mr Goinau turned the first soil in May 2012.
“I would like to remind all of us that the more we help each other, the more we grow and the better the services become,” Mr Hill said.
“The new TB ward will be used immediately, with patients moving from the existing TB ward into the new ward; this will allow the existing ward to be refurbished,” he added.
The morgue fridge is now operating although the new surgical ward is not used as yet due to insufficient staff. Once the hospital’s staffing structure is approved, additional staff may be employed.
The hospital also received donated wards beds, lockers and overbed tables from the Rotary Club of Castlemaine in Victoria, Australia.