By PATRICK TALU
CONSTRUCTION of the K5 million rural hospital at Henganofi station, Eastern Highlands province, will start early next year.
Henganofi MP Ferao Orimyo paid Eastern Highlands-based building contractor, Cresent Pacific Engineering Limited K1.8 million for mobilisation work last Friday.
The new hospital, to be completed during the year, would be equipped with modern facilities, including an operating theatre, maternity and child care ward, emergency ward , dental care, dispensary, in and out patients wards as well as general health care.
Mr Orimyo last week said the new rural hospital will provide very important life-saving and general health care for over 60,000 people of Henganofi as well and people from Kainantu, Unggai-Bena, Okapa and Lufa districts.
Mr Orimyo said the hospital would provide much relief to the Goroka Base General Hospital would cater for highway-related emergency accidents and other cases.
“It will be a great relief the congestion at Goroka Hospital and people will not have to travel long distance by people in Henganofi and neighbouring districts,” he said.
Mr Orimyo thanked the Government, particularly National Planning Minister Paul Tiensten and secretary Joseph Lelang, for responding favourably to his request for funding the new Henganofi Rural Hospital.
“The hospital is a national asset which will serve my electorate and thousands of other Papua New Guineans travelling along the Highlands Highway.”