Doctor dies, as others get honours awards

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A DOCTOR recognised for his services to the military in the 2016 Independence honours awards died yesterday before he received the award at Government House.
Lieutenant-Colonel Matthew Kasap collapsed at Government House and was taken to the Pacific International Hospital where he died.
Sir Tipo Vuatha, the secretary to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio, said Kasap’s death was unfortunate.
Kasap was among those who attended the ceremony to receive their awards from Sir Michael.
Kasap was based at the Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby. He was awarded the Distinguished Military Service Medal for his service to the PNG Defence Force.
He was among seven military officers to receive the medal, and among 95 recognised in the Independence awards.
Six people were conferred the Officer of the Order of Logohu. Lekwa Gure was recognised for services to the airline industry over 40 years, and service to the community, particularly through his efforts in church and youth development.
Hela provincial administrator William Wai Bando was awarded the Member of the Order of Logohu.
The other recipients received the Logohu Medal, Cross of Medical Service Medal, Distinguished Military Service Medal, Distinguished Police Service Medal, Meritorious Public Service Medal and Meritorious Community Service Medal.

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