Australia and Papua New Guinea are bound by history and geography. We have a strong enduring relationship and ANGAU is a longstanding demonstration of that relationship.
That was the message from the Australian High Commissioner to PNG Mr Bruce Davis when officially opening the new Operating Theatre and Patient ward at the ANGAU Hospital.
The investment valued over 4 million kina by the Australian Government will increase the capacity of ANGAU Hospital to treat patients.
It forms part of the first phase of support of the Australian Government’s commitment of 207million Australian dollars for the redevelopment of ANGAU Hospital.
The first phase of Australian works at ANGAU has been focused on rehabilitating surgical facilities while improving the quality and amount of inpatient accommodation.
The new operating theatre being opened today is fully equipped, and includes a patient recovery area, patient and staff ablution facilities, a nurse’s station, and sterilisation rooms.
The ward is fully fitted out with patient beds, bedside tables, visitor chairs, patient toilet and shower facilities as well as amenities for staff.
Both new buildings are fully air conditioned, have energy efficient lighting, are fire protected and are connected to ANGAU Hospital’s centralised medical gas system.
This redevelopment will improve access to crucial tertiary health services to PNG’s second largest city and fastest growing region, as well as help attract specialist staff to the hospital. Most importantly, by improving the functionality and lifespan of this important facility, we will be improving the quality and safety of patient care.
Assisting the Government of PNG to improve access to, and quality of, health services is a priority of the PNG Australia Aid Partnership Arrangement. We remain a long term partner to Papua New Guinea in the Health sector, High Commissioner Davis said.