From what i've read this new hospital will be equiped with modern technology and will be the state of the art. We really do need this kind of high tech hospital to deal with the numerous diseases that is only treated overseas. The only question here is; Is the timing right ??? Us the tax payers will be spending a substantial amount of money building this hospital. After spending millions of kina building the hospital we will then need specialists to run this modern technology. How much will it cost to maintain them ? Fair enough we can train our national doctors but given the recent statistics on large number of doctors moving overseas and into private practice is it feasible.
I'm sure you all will agree that "prevention is better than cure" as you always say in your profession. The first line of contact the Aid posts in rural areas are old and many do not exist anymore. There used to be health patrols that provides advice to villages on hygiene and health.. this does not happen anymore. I think we should bring the standard of this aid posts and re-introduce health patrols to improve the health standard of our people before jumping onto bigger things like this hospital.
One thing I'd like to point out is if the hospital will be built how much will they charge for using this high tech equipments and can the little known Joe from the village afford this. We must introduce a system that can be afforded by everyone in PNG and not only those elite 5% who can afford it.
From what I'm reading I perceive that they are introducing this hospital as a one stop solution to all our health problems. I am sure there are other ways of improving our health system that will benefit everyone of us and improve our health standard than this. Lets start from the basics and get simple things right before jumping into big things.