First province to build its own hospital
Valued at K500 million, the state-of-the-art Enga Hospital is about to complete the first stage, which includes the construction of a 150-bed wing, a weatherproof revenue collection building bales, 14 medical buildings and 58 accommodation units for hospital staff. .
The project’s deputy director, Paipen Poko, said the provincial government started the project in 2007.
“Before this project became effective, the provincial government of Enga had spent K90 million, before the K500 million component from the Exim Bank of China and the PNG government.
“Right now, the number of beds is 150. There will be more beds, which means more services to reach a 300-bed hospital. We plan to build another 300 staff quarters and two more dormitories. One will be a guest house for visitors.
“PNG has never built a hospital on green land. This is the very first hospital built by the government of PNG alone.
“Green field means, in ANGAU, it is redevelopment, that is to say that there was a hospital and that it is being redeveloped; location, everything is there. This one, place of bush. No hospital, nothing. We are building a hospital in the bush, out of nowhere.
The first phase of the project, which was to be completed in three years, was completed in a year and a half.
The second phase will cost around K300 million, while the hospital is expected to open in 2023.