The management and staff of North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) and CMCA Middle and South Fly Health Program (CMSFHP) hosted a farewell dinner for Mr Graeme Hill and wife Jenny at the Cassowary Hotel in Kiunga on 31st August 2018. Medical students from Griffith University on rural attachments attended the dinner with the team and Abt Associates PNG General Manager, Mr Geoff Scahill, flew into Kiunga to also attend the dinner.
Mr Hill had been a part of NFHSDP for seven years and was attached to Kiunga Hospital as the Hospital Administrator from April 2012 to August 2018. During his six years at Kiunga Hospital, Mr Hill has seen numerous improvements to the hospital which includes renovations and maintenance to the Outpatient and Accident and Emergency departments, new TB ward, surgical ward and public toilets been built as well as new equipment for the hospital such as a sterilizer, defibrillator and an aesthetic machine. With the assistance from Mr Hill, Kiunga Hospital received funding and donations from the Chinese Community of Kiunga for the purchase of a new mobile x-ray machine, donations and volunteer assistance from the Rotary Club of Castlemaine in Australia as well as donations from other Oil and Gas companies in Kiunga.
Mr Scahill in his speech acknowledged Mr Hill for his hard work and contributions to Kiunga Hospital and his efforts into improving and maintaining the hospital over the last six years. Mr Scahill also acknowledged the involvement of the Rotary Club and the work that had been done throughout the hospital. Mr Scahill went on to acknowledge and thank Mrs Jenny Hill for her patience and understanding of Mr Hill and his work here in Kiunga.
Mr Hill took the opportunity to thank everyone who had been part of the team during the time he had been with the program and without the support of the program the Kiunga Hospital’s Outpatient Department would not have been able to remain open. Mr Hill went on to say he had learnt so much and was pleased to say that he has made many new friends. Mr Hill also expressed his sadness for the NFHSDP and CMSFHP coming to an end but hopes that the Government steps up to carry on with the work that had been started by the Program.
CMSFHP is funded by the CMCA portion of the Western Province People’s Dividend Trust Fund and NFHSDP is funded by Ok Tedi Mining Limited. Both programs are managed by Ok Tedi Development Foundation and implemented by Abt Associates.