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May 15, 2021
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Mt Hagen General Hospital’s Dilemma

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The Western Highlands Provincial Hospital is in dire need of assistance after more than 600 people have tested positive with the coronavirus in the last six weeks.

There are not enough staff to maintain health care services, while drugs and medical consumables are limited and the hospital is likely to scale down remaining services.

Three weeks ago, the Hospital had to scaled-down the outpatient clinic and elective surgeries due to financial constraints. 

The hospital also had to use the surgical ward into an isolation ward to cater to COVID-19 patients.

Among those tested positive to COVID-19 are 79 health workers.

The PHA’s Director of Medical Services, Dr. Jonah Kurupi says the health workers have to be vaccinated so that they can continue to provide health care services to the public.

The hospital is expected to receive its first doses of vaccines this Friday, with more than 600 front-line health workers including their partners have given names for vaccination.

Dr. Kurupi says the Province may be under siege and is urging the general public to follow to COVID-19 Measures in place.

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