Marape says world class hospitals to be built in provinces out of COVID-19 pandemic experience

Thursday 21 May 2020

The government will build modern world class provincial hospitals in the 22 provinces and one major upgraded world class referral hospital in Port Moresby beginning next year into 2025, when the country celebrates 50 years of Independence.

In addressing the Provincial Administrators meeting with COVID-19 State of Emergency Controller, David Manning  today,  Prime Minister, James  Marape said work will begin on 3-4 provincial hospitals next year and wanted provincial administrators to take a stock take of the health services in respective provinces as well as education and other services  .

The  provincial administrators’ meeting was organized to  discuss COVID-19 SOE and how to work better together.

The Prime Minister said his government out of the COVID 19 pandemic is province-focused and wanted the Provincial Administrators to take stock of what is in the provinces and that the national government will assist.

“We are all about decentralization. We are a country of huge diversity and the government has a new generation of leaders who want to grow the provinces and I urge you all to think big, plan for the provinces and we will assist.”

He said funds are now being sent to the provinces and this will continue and want each province to build capacity and systems and also into the districts.

Mr Marape said Administrators sit on a very important seat and no one was greater than the administrators to make a great impact together with the Provincial Assembly.

The Prime Minister’s address to the Provincial Administrators will be  featured in the COVID -19 Television Show on NBCTV and broadcast also by EMTV tomorrow night (Friday 22nd May) at 7.30 pm and repeat on Saturday evening.

It is relayed by provincial radio stations and other radio stations and also on TV Wan.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS

Team Leader – COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force

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