Unions lobby for a new hospital

Normal, Papua

THE Gulf branch of the Papua New Guinea Nurses Association (PNGNA) has called on the Government to shut down the dilapidated Kerema General Hospital and build a new one.
PNGNA Gulf branch president Elvis Toy Pyrikah and PNGNA national president Eimi Kaptigau at a press conference said the condemned hospital was not fit to stay open because it lacked basic hospital facilities.
He was with the representatives of the amalgamated union of the Gulf branch comprising the Community Health Workers, National Doctors, and Allied Health Workers associations, who came to present a position paper to the Labour and Industrial Relations Department on the decade long outstanding risk allowance, met with Mr Pyrikah with Mrs Kaptigau and Public Employees Association president Michael Malabag last Friday to highlight the hospital’s plight.
 “The hospital which is now dilapidated and was condemned in 1994 but because of the demand for health services, we are illegally occupying the hospital since 1995,” Mr Pyrikah said.
“The condition is not healthy and risky for both the hospital staff and the patients.
 “We are working under condition where we are vulnerable to diseases.
“How can we operate under a situation where there is no existing facilities like hospital wards, outpatients wards, operating theatres and water supply?” he asked.