Modilon General hospital workers including medical officers had to call off work for several hours yesterday following two separate incidents this week.
The workers called off work after unknown suspects held one of their drop- off vehicles at gunpoint.
Although situated in a once thriving tourism hub, Madang’s crime rate has gradually risen through the years.
The workers then expressed their frustrations and concerns over the lack of security provided at the hospital.
At 10am on Thursday, 400 medical officers and support staff of the Modilon hospital gathered to meet with the hospital management and board members.
The meeting was to discuss serious security issues affecting the hospital operation.
As this week’s incidents were not the first that had occurred.
Security concerns at the hospital is an ongoing problem the hospital has been facing.
” The security guards at present seem to be turning a blind eye and so I think this is one of the issues causing frustration,” explained CEO Gawi.
Hospital CEO, Christine Gawi, says all these came about after a group of men jumped over the hospital fence with bush knives and moved around the hospital premises on Tuesday.
” Several men jumped over the fence with bush knives, we are yet to confirm details but what I have heard one of our vehicles was held up at gunpoint,” added Vasi.
But, that’s not the only problem; they say other hospital equipment and patients’ valuables left in the wards have been reported stolen.
From this gathering a committee will be formed to look into a solution to help prevent them from being harassed or held up by criminals.
” We will be looking at reviewing the security guards’ contract, we will also try to limit the use of the 4-5 gates of the hospital fencing,” Gawi said.
Gawi is appealing to the community to take ownership of the hospital and not to cause any problems.