The National – Tuesday, February 15, 2011
ST Mary’s Vunapope hospital in East New Britain now has a resident surgeon after being without one for the last few years.
Dr William Kurapa’s post at the hospital was a result of a joint arrangement between the provincial government and its business arm ENB Development Corporation (ENBDC), with the hospital administration providing accommodation for Kurapa.
Kurapa was with Nonga Base hospital before he joined the LNG project. However he was successfully wooed away by ENBDC from the lucrative offerings of the LNG project.
Elisha Wesley, general manager finance and accounts of Kada Lama, which is a cooperative society managed under ENBDC, said this initiative was part of ENBDC’s obligation in improving social obligations to the community.
He said now that they have embarked on improving health obligations, they would also move on to education.
He said people have been dying because ENB did not have any resident surgeon and they had decided not to sit around and wait but to take the initiative to get a surgeon.
The services of Kurapa as the surgeon would also be extended to patients at Nonga.
Kurapa began last Thursday and his services would be fully paid for by ENBDC.