Proposed Central Hospital to serve Southern

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THE new proposed Central Hospital at Bautama outside Port Moresby will serve as a regional hospital once completed, Health Minister Elias Kapavore, pictured, said.
Kapavore said the proposed Central Hospital would also reduce the pressure on the Port Moresby General Hospital and other health facilities in the nation’s capital.
He said currently, the Port Moresby General Hospital functioned as a district and provincial hospital for NCD and Central and a regional hospital for Southern.
He said this had resulted in overcrowding, congestion and issues of medical supplies and staffing.
“These are now among our priorities to reorganise and establish rights levels of healthcare facilities in NCD and Central,” he said.
“I have written to the local MPs in the NCD for the need to establish district hospitals as they are important priorities of our Government.”
Kapavore said the declaration of the Central and NCD health authorities this month was a key requirement for strengthening the health system.
He said the Port Moresby General Hospital was recognised as a level seven super specialist tertiary referral and training hospital.
He said Port Moresby General Hospital currently provided services primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

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