THE newly commissioned PNG Defence Force Military Hospital will continue to serve as a referral centre for all PNGDF health centres.
Chief of Personnel Col Mark Goina addressed dignitaries and military personnel yesterday regarding the upgrading and refurbishment of the Taurama Health Centre into a hospital and opened doors to inpatient, emergency, laboratory, X-ray, dental and other services as priority areas.
“Despite the setbacks due to financial constraints, power blackouts, lack of water supply, sewage backflows, lack of equipment and medical staff, I am proud to announce that most of these issues have been addressed,” Goina said.
PNG Defence Force commander Brig-Gen Agwi said plans were in place to develop wards to quarantine patients with infectious disease.
“The military hospital is providing outpatient services, antenatal clinics for mothers and children, including other civilians living down at the Taurama Beach, surrounding settlements to as far as East Boroko.
“The donation of the latest equipment enables it to provide additional specialist services through locum arrangements, in partnership with Port Moresby General Hospital, private hospitals and specialists.
“It is fair fitting that the Taurama health centre is now upgraded to hospital level.
“The PNGDF will continue to work with various partners, welcome suggestions and assistance from government organisations to improve service delivery at the military hospital and other health establishments.