Friday 18 September 2020
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape,, officially opened the fully equipped level 4 Telefomin Rural General Hospital today and applauded Telefomin District for its emergence in the country as a model district, over just seven years.
He said proper health facilities like the Telefomin hospital was vital for any community and he commended the Telefomin District Administration and its Member of Parliament,, Hon. Solan Mirisin, for their vision and tireless efforts in ensuring this important facility was delivered to the people of Telefomin.
The new Telefomin Rural Hospital is now equipped with a proper maternity ward and delivery room, a dental clinic, surgical theatre and proper facilities, among others
“For the rest of rural PNG, if Telefomin District – a very remote district, who brings in its school and health necessities, development materials and store goods entirely by air mode of transportation, I don’t see why other rural districts cannot change for the better.
“To give hope to the rest of PNG, this Government’s commitment in Waigani now is to transfer equally and fairly distribute whatever resources we can collect to all of PNG, and not just the major towns, while the districts are left behind,” Mr Marape said.
“it also proves a point that you can deliver basic services through provincial and district conduits.
“And, the classical difference is leadership. Good leadership at the district and provincial level can make a tremendous difference, not just at the political level.”
During the opening, the Australian High Commissioner H.E. Jonathan Philps was given the honour to cut the ribbon of the hospital while Mr Marape unveiled the plaque officially commissioning this government facility.
Also present during the official opening were the Governor for Hela, Philip Undialu, West Sepik Governor, Tony Wouwou, Western Province Governor, Taboi Yoto, Member for Nuku, Joseph Sungi, and the Member for North Fly, James Donald.