K2.5 million redevelopement of rural hospital taking shape


WORK is currently in progress on the K2.5 million Australian government-funded Bulolo Rural Hospital redevelopment and construction of new staff houses.
Contractor PNG Forest Products is currently rebuilding the hospital that will serve 102,000 people in the district.
Bulolo district development authority (DDA) chief executive officer Tae Gwambelek said the contractor was also building eight new staff houses.
Gwambelek said the redeveloped hospital would have an operating theatre, delivery rooms for women and other basic medical services.
“The hospital will provide normal medical services to people,” he said.
“I haven’t received detailed plan and description of the hospital yet. “A family support centre will also be separately funded and constructed at the hospital site.
“The redeveloped hospital will serve as a referral district hospital for people in Wau, Garaina, Aseki and Menyamya.”
Gwambelek said the redevelopment was funded under Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through a special programme.
He said the level four rural hospital currently had 17 staff and would take in 13 more once redevelopment is completed.
The redeveloped hospital and new staff houses are on PNG Forest Products land.
It will serve people in local-level governments of Buang, Mumeng, Watut, Wau-Bulolo Urban, Wau Rural, Waria, and neighboring Menyamya district.

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