By YVONNE HAIP
MENDI School of Nursing in the Southern Highlands province has been given a boost with the donation of a 25-seater bus from Imbongguu MP Francis Awesa.
The school reopened its doors this year, after being closed for five years due to tribal fighting.
The presentation was witnessed by staff, students, Mendi Open MP Pr Isaac Joseph, the public, and representatives of the Mineral Resources Development Company Ltd in Mendi town.
The bus would be used by both staff and students.
Mr Awesa said it was a gesture to show his support in improving health standards in the province and commended the school and hospital for their tireless efforts.
He also congratulated the hospital for achieving a five-star status which had been declared after a survey conducted by health experts in the country.
He also thanked Enga Governor Peter Ipatas for presenting the hospital with K50,000 after hearing of the hospital’s achievement.
According to hospital chief executive officer, Joseph Turian, the money would be used to purchase a cardiac monitor for patients with heart problems.
Mr Awesa recently allocated K60,000 to the hospital which would be used to buy an oxygen concentrator.
Mr Turian said the machine would save hundreds of lives in the province.
He also announced Pr Joseph’s contribution of K10,000 to buy a satellite (VSat) for internet communication, while another K1.7 million had also been allocated by Pr Joseph for the construction of doctors’ houses.
The school’s chief also thanked MRDC for its timely donation of a 400KVH generator worth more than K300,000 which was also presented at that time.