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Clinic closed and medical help denied

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby

Health workers at the Gordons Saint John’s Clinic in Port Moresby have stopped work because they were not paid for two fortnights.

Today, the gates remained closed denying up to 70 people access to medical treatment.

This was the scene at 9 o’clock this morning.

Patients who travelled in from Eight, Nine and Five Miles and Bomana areas were told to seek medical help from other urban clinics.

The main gate was closed and health workers refused to speak to the media. 

In November, patients were also denied medical help when angry police officers blocked off all roads leading into the Gordons Market following the stabbing of a police man, which led to his death.   

The clinic serves people from as far as Sogeri and acts as a referral clinic for the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Most patients who were denied medical help this morning either went home or travelled to Gerehu Clinic to be treated.

Most were malaria patients. The clinic will remain closed for an indefinite period.

The workers are now seeking answers from the Saint John’s Clinic management.

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