The National, Wednesday November 6th, 2013
By CLEMENT KAUPA
ANGAU Memorial Hospital in Lae continues to provide medical services in Morobe despite the state of emergency declared by the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill recently.
Chief executive Dr Polapoi Chalau said yesterday he was trying to dispel any wrong perception caused by the declaration.
“The hospital is still offering medical services to the people of Morobe and referrals from other parts of the country,” Chalau told reporters.
“Despite hardships faced, the management and board of Angau have been delivering quietly over the last seven years projects worth K10 million.”
Chalau said K5 million went to staff accommodation, K1 million to the hospital’s new administration block, another K1 million to a new AIDS/TB clinic and the balance into other clinical wards.
“We are continuing to deliver medical services,” Chalau said while thanking the government for the injection of K15 million into rehabilitation work on the hospital’s infrastructure.
“We are awaiting the specifics to be released by the National Executive Council before we proceed,” Chalau said of the fund.
He welcomed the partnership fostered by the governments of PNG and Australia in the re-development of Angau from a funding package of more than K700 million.
Chalau said the design for a new Angau hospital was done five years ago and if all went to plan, construction should start later in 2014.