K2.4m health centre opened in Tapini

National, Normal

The National – Thursday, June 30, 2011

THE Goilala people of Central have a new K2.4 million district health centre in the Tapini district headquarters.
The facility, built through the Public Private Partnership arrangement, was jointly opened by the Bishop of Bereina Diocese Rochus Tatamai and Central Governor Alphonse Moroi on Tuesday.
Under the arrangement, the National Planning Department provided K1.4 million, Central provincial government provided K800,000 and the Diocese of Bereina topped it off with K200,000.
The new facility hosts 30 beds, with wards for tuberculosis, children, two general wards, intensive care unit, ante-natal clinic, delivery ward, post-natal and nurse station.
The health facility upgrading project included four L40 staff houses, patient’s ablution block, ambulance car port and stand-by generator set enclosure.
The project covered the upgrading of two L40 staff houses and an old double storey main building that will be used for non-patient care services.
The new health facility was named our Lady of Sacred Heart and the dedication was done in a year the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands dedicated to the sick.
Health Secretary Dr Clement Malau said the new national health services standards “will provide the definition for the new district health centre to reach district hospital status”.
The Tapini health facility project serves the three local level government areas of Goilala district.
The health facility comes under the management of the Bereina diocese health services.