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October 18, 2019
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Sir Joseph Nombre Memorial Becomes Referral Hospital for Highlands Region

Sir Joseph Nombre Memorial General Hospital (SJNMH) in Kundiawa Simbu Province has become the referral hospital for the Highlands region since the influx of patients have been high, due to Goroka General Hospital and Mt Hagen General Hospital being unable to function properly, says SJNMH CEO, Mathew Kaluvia.

During the hospital’s open day, CEO Kaluvia highlighted the influx of patients into Kundiawa General Hospital saying the hospital had already had 25% cut in government funding patients into Kundiawa General Hospital.

With other Major Hospitals in the Highlands and Church run services unable to run medical services, patients are now looking to SJNM Kundiawa General Hospital.

“Now Goroka is shutting down or still operating but cutting down services and Mt Hagen General Hospital closing down and now we influx of patients coming from two provinces coming into the hospital.”

“Last week also had Catholic services shutting 10 of its health services in the province. So looking at the influx of patients coming in and the shortage of funding we are really having a problem.”

Kundiawa General Hospital has managed to keep services running due to their internal revenue income.

Mathew Kaluvia has asked the Government and National Department of Health to look into these issues and if the government can’t help Kundiawa General Hospital then look into helping Goroka and Mt Hagen General Hospital and other church run health services.

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