by Delly Bagu – EM TV, Port Moresby
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, was in the Rigo District in Central Province today to open the brand new district hospital.
The Kwikila station was flooded with people from nearby villages who depend on the existing clinic and will benefit from the new facility.
The new hospital facility for the people of Rigo and Central Province was fully funded by the Korean government at a total cost K12 million.
A crowd of thousands turned out at Kwikila station to open the new district hospital and to receive Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, Governor for Central, Kila Haoda, local member for Rigo & Minister for Justice & Attorney, Ano Pala, Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS, Michael Malabag, Ambassador for the Republic of Korea, Kim Seong-choon.
The Prime Minister thanked the Korean government and people for their valuable support and emphasised that the government’s priority of developing health care facilities and providing better services to its citizens.
The Korean Ambassador said the project on strengthening district health systems in PNG is really a landmark initiative on the basis of partnership between both nations.
The local MP thanked the Korean Government, and commended the National Government and the Health Department for the modern facility as well the expert services and the set of modern equipment in the hospital.
Minister Malabag said the government has set the platform for quality health care, and he urged the people of Rigo to care for the facilities.
The Prime Minister then officially opened the Hospital and dignitaries were taken on a tour of the facility that will serve literally thousands in the Rigo District and nearby districts in the Province as well.