The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
By PETER ESOP WARI
THE five-star Mendi General Hospital, in Southern Highlands, has been rated level three after an audit and assessment of the health facility by specialist medical officers from Port Moresby last week.
The National Health Service Standards (NHSS) roll-out at Agiru Centre in Mendi saw the hospital’s departmental heads doing presentations, while feedback and recommendations were shared for improvement, where needed.
After the audit and assessment, manpower, equipment and infrastructure were found to be the main problems.
The team expressed grave concern that it was not only Mendi General Hospital but other hospitals throughout the country that lacked facilities that needed immediate attention to improve standards in the country.
Acting chief pathologist Dr Seth Fose said it was not ethical to pretend as to have everything and such an audit and assessment would make sure improvements were done in the respective units.
Acting chief executive Dr Joseph Birisi said the visit was important to make the hospital management aware of the problems it faced.
“At least we are aware of the problems and we will try our best to improve on those areas,” he said.
“Yes, it is true that the hospital lacked many facilities, manpower and infrastructure and the hospital will improve in those areas.”
The specialist medical team comprised of ear, nose and throat specialist Dr James Naipao, deputy chief anaesthetics Dr Nora Dai, paediatrics Dr James Amini, acting chief pathologist Dr Seth Fose, radiologist Dr Dura Lenturut, obstetrician Dr Ligo Augerea, surgeon Dr Osborne Liko; and deputy chief physicianDr Joseph Banakoiri .