The National, Monday November 11th, 2013
NURSING is finally being recognised as a vital profession in this country through the amount of money it received at the 12th symposium in Mendi, Eimi Kaptigau says.
While the symposium was hailed a success, the bonus came from donations, she said.
Papua New Guinea Nurses Association president Kaptigau said she was proud of the way the symposium was staged, with the generous contributions coming from MPs.
Kaptigau said many of the provinces in the Highlands and the Mamose region were linked by roads and setting the venue in one of the Highlands’ regions was highly important to keep travelling costs down.
“You (Southern Highlands) have set a benchmark that others will exhaust to reach, you did well, beyond our expectations.”
She said in 2005, she hosted the fourth nursing symposium in the nation’s capital and received K80,000 from the National AIDS Council. No other sponsors came forward.
“Support from the MPs and other sponsors is highly appreciated as it has boosted the morale of the nurses in the country. We feel that we are important as we play a vital role in dealing with human lives,” Kaptigau said.
Lepan Lucas Junior, a nurse from East New Britain, said despite negative perception of Southern Highlands, the symposium proved it was ideal for such events.
Junior said people were friendly and nothing negative was experienced during their weeklong stay in the province and they had enjoyed the event.
“For those of you who hear negative stories of Southern Highlands being a bad place to visit and live, it is not that. You have to go and see and prove it for yourselves,” he said.
West New Britain will be the host next year.
Prime Minister and MP for Ialibu-Pangia Peter O’Neill sponsored the symposium with K250,000, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi gave K100,000, Works and Implementation Minister and Imbonggu MP Francis Awesa K15,000 and Mendi-Munihu MP Dei Kewanu K30,000.