The Modilon General Hospital in Madang scaled down its operations two weeks due to financial difficulties.
The Hospital’s board also made a decision to increase hospital fees.
The Modilon General is a level 5 provincial referral hospital. It serves more than 500,000 people. But the dire news was delivered through the Hospital’s CEO, Christine Gawi issuing a letter informing the people of Madang its plans to cut down on its operations.
The Out-patient Department will remain open. But medical officers will only prescribe medication and patients will be asked to buy the drugs at the pharmacies. The decision has angered Madang residents.
The Dispensary and Pathology sections of the Hospital will be closed to outpatients. But for emergency cases only a new pathology fee will be applied to those patients. Doctors will have to assess and discharge patients accordingly.
And the hospital bus will only be making pick-up and drop-offs for shift and emergency administration runs.
The operating theatre will also attend to emergency cases while radiology services will be closed for outpatients.
The hospital has also increased fees for their pathology services.