The National, Tuesday July 16th, 2013
A SUB-district health facility in Morobe is to be renovated this year for the first time in many years.
The Braun Hospital in Finschhafen was allocated K500,000 by the provincial government.
The money will go towards repairing and maintaining all its facilities.
Finschhafen district administrator Karl Baka hailed it as a much-needed capital injection.
Rehabilitation work would include the construction of two staff houses and the purchase of an X-ray machine and an incinerator.
Another K100,000 was given to the health centre recently to buy a blood analysis machine and also to cater for all its other financial needs.
Baka claimed the last maintenance done to the facility was in 2008 and that was funded by a grant from the hospital services improvement programme.
Since then, the facility survived on its annual budget which Baka said was inadequate to acquire sufficient medical drugs for at least 50,000 people in the district.
“This funding will go a long way to help this hospital fix its rundown facilities as well as build two new staff houses,” Baka said when receiving the money from Governor Kelly Naru.
He said the hospital had 200 beds and took in patients from other parts of Morobe and elsewhere because it had three specialist overseas doctors.