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K300M ANNOUNCED FOR NEW WNB HOSPITAL

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Work on the newly-proposed provincial hospital for West New Britain will start in October this year. https://pngsun.com/private-hospital-comes-under-fire/

It has been made possible through a K300 million Prime Minister, James Marape announced on Friday in Kimbe.

The proposed hospital will become a modern, State-of-the-Art Level-5 facility.

The project is currently at contract issuance stage. PM Marape assured the people funding source has already been identified.

He added he was looking forward to bringing the contractor to the province to begin work.

NATIONAL HOSPITAL UPGRADING PROGRAM

This project is the first hospital under the hospital upgrading programme.

This is another initiative PM Marape approved when Parliament elected him as Prime Minister in 2019.

Other provincial hospitals are being upgraded in what will be a massive transformation of our country’s health sector, he said.

PM Marape said between now and 2025, these modern hospitals are expected to be constructed.

As the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee, he said, 21 provinces and the special region of Bougainville will all have fully-equipped modern hospitals up and running to serve the people.

As a government, we envisage that by 2025, we will have 22 modern hospitals in our 21 provinces and special region of Bougainville.

“We are taking stock of what has already taken place in Goroka, Lae and Port Moresby for our two national referral hospitals. However, for our Level-6 hospitals, we are trying to ensure that we have a program for our people throughout the country. Thus, when our people are sick, there is something close to home where their issues can be addressed.”

Because of the population,  the new provincial hospital will be at a Level-5 with capacity to open into Level-6.

A small ground-breaking ceremony was held on the existing hospital grounds to mark the announcement.  PM Marape officiated it.

Chairman of the WNBP Health Authority Professor Mathias Sapuri said he was confident work will begin in October on the new hospital.

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