By ZACHERY PER
KAINANTU Hospital will be the first in PNG to have a chapel building to fulfil a requirement in the national health plan.
Hospital CEO Dr Thomas Koimbu confirmed having a chapel within the confines of the hospital to enable patients to fully recover both physically and spiritually.
Dr Koimbu said the directive to include chapels in hospitals came from the World Health Organisation (WHO) office in New York.
He thanked Kainantu MP Sailon Beseo for helping the hospital with a K100,000 allocation for the redevelopment plan and signing of documents to be taken to the National Planning Department for the redevelopment of the hospital.
“The redevelopment will cost more than K8.7 million,” he said.
The nurses Christian fellowship (NCF) and management of the hospital initiated the move to build the chapel.
NCF considered the chapel as a very important infrastructure because it would create an environment for the sick and dying to get closer to God.
Hospital board chairman Yorifa Yubiko was given the honours to formally unveil the structural designs of the chapel.
The building will cost about K300,000 which the hospital did not have yet.
Jeffery Asa from the Eastern Highlands provincial health board unveiled a banner to dedicate the hospital to God.