Komo, Papua New Guinea
The Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hela provincial government to administer a new K9.4 million hospital.
I believe that when our doctors and nurses work in an Adventist health institution they are able to deliver the quality of care that we are famous for.
It has been more than 10 years since the Adventist Church operated a hospital in PNG. For some time the PNGUM administration and the Adventist Health Department (SPD) have been looking at ways of reactivating the Church’s clinical/hospital ministry.
PNGUM CFO Bob Butler, signs the MOU.
The Hela provincial government, with the support of the natural gas sector, has built the new regional hospital at Komo (south of Tari in the Southern Highlands region). The memory of Sopas lives on as the provincial government has asked the Church to operate its new medical facility as an Adventist hospital. It will also be providing the funding for the hospital’s operations.
Dr Chester Kuma, associate director for Adventist Health Ministries (SPD), who formerly worked at Sopas Hospital and at Atoifi Hospital in the Solomon Islands, said: “This is a very exciting time for our health work. PNG has one of the highest infant mortality and maternal mortality rates in the world and it’s only getting worse.
“We know that it is through our comprehensive approach to health and wellness that Adventist clinics and hospitals can make a major contribution to addressing community health needs. I believe that when our doctors and nurses work in an Adventist health institution they are able to deliver the quality of care that we are famous for.”
The PNGUM team, with support from Adventist Health (SPD), will now work towards equipping, staffing and administering the new facility. Adventist Health has received donations of 100 hospital beds and mattresses, but will be looking for the other medical and surgical equipment that is needed. The provincial government has also committed to build staff housing.