New International Hospital Opens In Port Moresby, PNG

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O’Neill welcomes facility, saddened it took 17-years to open

By Maureen Gerawa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 16, 2015) – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill opened a new hospital in Port Moresby on Friday that is equipped with the some of the most advanced healthcare facilities found anywhere else in the world.

This means that some of the specialist care sought overseas, such as heart surgery, are now available at this new Pacific International Hospital (PIH) at Three-Mile.

Mr O’Neill said the Government would partner with PIH on some of its expansion programs in future which could include subsidising some of the cardiac operations and other specialist health care for public patients.

But he also described the opening as a bitter sweet day because the hospital which is located at Three-Mile was initiated by him 17 years ago and was supposed to be a partnership with Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, but due to politics and jealousy it was left to decay.

"Bitter in the sense that 17 years ago we should have had this facility up and running, but because of politics and governments and jealousy, and because some people did not initiate the project, this hospital laid idle for so many years," said Mr O’Neill.

"We had a very good partnership with Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, which was ready to start the hospital but that contract was cancelled, and as a result we have seen this investment go to waste."

However, he thanked PIH for taking the initiative to resurrect this project and the shareholders of PIH such as Bob Moore and Mohammed Sultan and PIH chief executive officer Dr Amyna Sultan for ensuring the project became a reality.

"I think many times we have let ourselves down in a sense. We have very good facilities across the country, but we don’t provide leadership that is required to have these facilities operate.

"You can see that example here, the Port Moresby General Hospital is now running properly as a hospital for the first time in many years.

"Same in Enga, in Mt Hagen, in Goroka, Nonga Hospital in East New Britain and in many areas of the country because the Government is taking healthcare as one of our most important priorities during this term of parliament," he said.

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