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Long-serving employees recognised with certificates

Twenty-three long-serving employees of the health system including the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) were recently awarded with certificates of recognition for their long and dedicated service to the organisation. The employees, most of them nurses and community health workers, had spent more than 40 years continuous service in various capacities in the health system and most of them had spent that time working at the Mt Hagen Hospital as well as in the rural facilities. Continue Reading

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Fourth Round Mass Polio Vaccination Begins in WHP

Fourth Round Mass Polio Vaccination Begins in WHP

The fourth round of the nation-wide polio vaccination program has started this week and will run for two weeks. In the Western Highlands, health teams have mobilised and gone out to all four districts of the province to conduct awareness on the disease followed by vaccination of all children under 15 years. Continue Reading

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2019-03-01 Five-Year Strategic Plan Launched

Five-Year Strategic Plan Launched

The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) has launched its Five-Year Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023, aimed at guiding its programs towards achieving a “Healthy Western Highlands” in the next five years and beyond. Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu officially launched the Plan during a ceremony at the Mt Hagen Hospital Car Park on 20th February 2019, witnessed by the Chairman of the WHPHA Board of Governance, Mr David Guinn and Secretary for Health, Mr Pascoe Kase. Continue Reading

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PAU medical students provide comfort for patients

PAU medical students provide comfort for patients

Patients who visit the out-patients section of Togoba Health Centre in the Nebilyer area of Western Highlands will now have good shelter and benches to sit on while waiting to receive treatment. A group of five fourth-year medical students from the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) in Port Moresby have gone out of their way, spending their own money to build a veranda for the out-patients building to allow patients to sit in comfort while waiting to be treated. Continue Reading

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Children’s Out-patient Department gets a major facelift

Children’s Out-patient Department gets a major facelift

The Children’s Out-patient Department (COPD) of Mt Hagen Hospital will soon be more spacious and more conducive for children to receive treatment. In its continued efforts to provide a healthier and more friendly environment for children to receive treatment, the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority is spending in excess of K350,000 to renovate the existing building. Continue Reading

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Hand held two-way radios for security guards

Hand held two-way radios for security guards

Security personnel deployed at various locations within the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) premises will now be able to communicate well with each other and discuss issues affecting their operations. This follows the purchase of 10 new hand held two-way radios for the security guards to use to contact each other on operational issues and for the security manager to monitor and ensure they are at their assigned posts. Continue Reading

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New house a fitting New Year present for Mt Hagen nurses

New house a fitting New Year present for Mt Hagen nurses

Mt Hagen Hospital nurses have received a well-deserved New Year present – a brand new three-bedroom house built on the hospital premises. The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) has given the house to the nurses in appreciation of their tireless efforts in caring for their patients every day. Continue Reading

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Nurses and Management reconcile for sake of patients

Nurses and Management reconcile for sake of patients

Nursing staff of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority have reconciled with the Management and Board to leave behind their past differences and to work together as a team for the sake of patient care in 2019 and onwards. During a Reconciliation and Repentance meeting organised by the nursing management on 10th January 2019 at the Mt Hagen Hospital Chapel and attended by nurses and some members of the management team, the nurses said they were sorry for the dispute in 2016. Continue Reading

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THE INFORMER - November-December 2018

THE INFORMER – November-December 2018

The absence of a specialist cancer treatment centre in the country equipped with proper tools, equipment and manpower to treat cancer patients is a major concern for the Health Department.

And senior health officials are now holding regional cancer outreach meetings with doctors and health administrators from each region in a bid to gather as much information as possible to put together a national cancer program to address this issue. Continue Reading

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Mothers and babies die due to not having Supervised Deliveries

Mothers and babies die due to not having Supervised Deliveries

Mothers and babies in the country die each year because pregnant mothers do not visit health facilities to receive professional care and have supervised deliveries. A graduation of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Mt Hagen last week was told that of all the babies born in the country only 60% had supervised deliveries and that it is far more likely (around 50%) of non-supervised deliveries to result in infant death. Continue Reading

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