By ELIZABETH MIAE
THE Department of Health and its partners are building a US$500 million world class hospital in Central province’s Bautama.
The 11-story hospital building, to be fully equipped with ultra modern facilities featuring 300 beds, will be named the Pacific Medical Centre (PMC).
Construction work on PMC is scheduled to start next year and target of completion is 2013.
The project has already been endorsed by the National Executive Council (NEC) and is the first of its kind in the country.
PMC is set to lift the health standards in the country and relieve the pressure at the Port Moresby General
It will cater to all the medical treatment needs of Papua New Guineans who look for in overseas.
The project is an initiative by the Government and its partners in line with the public private partnership scheme.
Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sasa Zibe said health workers would need to be specially trained to work in PMC.
“Investment in education and training will be a key component of this project.
“As part of the project, we will have hospital administration professionals trained in America where up to 50 graduates will be trained in a year over a three-year programme.
“These graduates will come from the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Medicine, Divine Word University and the Pacific Adventist University.