New Hospital for Remote Kompiam District

KOPIAM (ENGA)- The remote Kompiam District in the mountains of Enga province, sharing land borders with East Sepik, Madang and Western Highlands provinces, opened a state-of-the-art hospital, making it the first ever remote area in the country and Pacific region to have such a health facility.

The hospital building, which is a new extension of Kompiam district health centre, was build by Architecture without Frontiers and Engineering without Boundaries, two reputable Australian companies.

The building itself generates power from solar energy which is used to power all the instruments and keep the the hospital's refrigerator and blood bank in the right temperature every day.

The new extension, run by Kompiam Baptist Union will bed 70 patients who will be staying in beds with emergency kits attached.Three separate rooms were also constructed for sick patients who would need to occupy a room.

The hospital was opened on Wednesday with all the major donors and government representatives, including Enga Governor Grand Chief Peter Ipatas, there to officiate.

Senior executives of the Baptist Union of Papua New Guinea (BUPNG) which runs and owns the hospital, thanked the major funders, which included PNG Sustainable Development Program and the national government, who jointly contributed more than K1.7 million towards the extension and construction of new doctors houses as well.

The General Secretary for BUPNG John Kaewa said the Baptist Union of PNG is happy that it has successfully completed the extension of the hospital even though it was a costly exercise.

"But the Baptist church wanted the people it has found in Kompiam Lapalama, Yangis and other surrounding rural area to receive the best medial treatment at their doorsteps," Mr Kaewa said.

"Even though the construction of the building was expensive, we thought of its benefit to the people and that has helped us to complete the extension and also constructed several houses for the doctors and nurses." Mr Kaewa said more than 40,000 people live around Kompiam. [PostCourier]
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