Monday, October 7, 2013

Enga makes progress in hospitals



THE Enga Provincial Government has formally announced the transfer of the Wabag Provincial Hospital to a former Seventh Day Adventist church-run health facility at Sopas.
Enga Governor Peter Ipatas told hospital staff and villagers after meeting with the provincial management team and provincial executive council members on Friday that his government had made the decision to make way for the new hospital to be built at Aipus near Wabag.
He said Sopas, where the Enga Nursing School will have its first intake of 40 students starting next year, would remain a district hospital for Wabag.
The new 150-bed hospital that will start its construction next year at a cost of over K320 million will be delivered in 2015, according to Mr Ipatas.
He said an American hospital designing and building consultant company would present the final construction and design plan to stakeholders of the state-of-the-art hospital next month before construction will commence next year.
The Enga Governor said if everything goes according to plan, the new hospital would become a regional referral medical facility for the Highlands, including the gas-rich provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands.
Mr Ipatas said the current provincial hospital site would be turned into a commercial area with the construction of two warehouses and a number of supermarkets.
Mr Ipatas also thanked the O’Neill-Dion government for approving funding for the new hospital, particularly when health services in the country needed critical attention from the government.
It is understood Governor Ipatas and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill will travel to China to secure funding (loan) for the hospital project next month.


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