THE Mt Hagen General Hospital in Western Highlands province has been described by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu as one of the best-run in the country.
He said the hospital had set an example for others to follow.
Sir Puka, who used to work in the hospital in the early 1990s, said he last visited it seven years ago and noted that much has changed.
He commended the staff for delivering excellent health services to the people of the province.
“The health sector is one of the important services and your commitment is demonstrated by the service you provide,” he told the staff during the hospital’s 15th anniversary celebrations yesterday.
He also opened the hospital’s new family support centre and signed a new Health Authority Partnership Agreement.
Sir Puka, who is also the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, challenged the health workers to be proud of their profession and cooperate to raise the health standards of the province and the region.
“(After all) the hospital is the base referral for the Highlands region,” he said.
Sir Puka said the opening of the Family Support Centre was a positive step towards delivering better health services to the province.
The family support centre, referred to as the Well Women’s Clinic, will treat physically and sexually assaulted women in the Highlands.
He later handed over a cheque for K2 million from the Government to the hospital
The hospital staff thanked their chairman, David Guinn, and board members for their support.