Second phase of Wewak hospital rehab work begins


WORK has begun on the next phase of rehabilitation work at the Wewak General Hospital in East Sepik, an official says.
East Sepik Health Authority acting chief executive Mark Mauludu said four wards had already been pulled down to make way for new wards.
“Our aim is to see that the hospital is fully rehabilitated. We have opened up four new surgical wards which are now being used by the surgical department,” he said.
“We have awarded contract for the next couple of wards. The next four wards have already been pulled down and work is underway.
“Contract has been awarded to the same contractor that built the other new wards.
“We hope work can be completed quicker than the last four wards.
“After seven/eight months we should be able to get the four new wards.”
Mauludu said work was currently being done in the pediatric wards.
“The estimated cost for the four new wards is K3 million. We’ve got that money so we have gone ahead and awarded the contract.”
Meanwhile, Mauludu added that Austrian company, Vamed Health Products, was awarded the contract to carry out rehabilitation work at the other end of the hospital.
“They have been given contract to pull down the maternity wing and put up a operating theatre, pathology, X-ray, accident and emergency, acute care ward, intermediate ward, and messing facility for patients,” he said.
“After three years we are hoping all the old facilities at Wewak hospital will be gone and we will have a new-look hospital.”