Hela Provincial Hospital

New facilities attract hospital staff

Prime Minister James Marape officially opened the major infrastructure improvements to the hospital in December 2019 which have helped attract and retain high-quality nursing staff to Tari, where safety and security are at greater threat than other provincial centres.

PNG’s best managed hospital

This follows the highest commendation of an ‘Unqualified’ rating from the Auditor General’s Office (AGO) recently.

This achievement was officially made known to the Hela Provincial Health Authority (PHA) during its board meeting last week, after the AGO completed an audit of the hospital’s 2016 financial statement of accounts.

​Improved quality health care for Hela

This is a result of a K10 million Incentive Fund grant to fund the redevelopment of the Hela Provincial Hospital in Tari.

The Incentive Fund is a jointly managed program delivered through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership. 

​Heart Dr positively impacts Hela children

Paediatric Cardiologist Dr Cornelia Kilalang accepted the invitation to review children with suspected heart problems and other sicknesses earlier this month. Her trip was made possible by the Oil Search Foundation (OSF), working closely with the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) and other partners.

Spreading the joy in children's ward

The library is equipped with over 250 books for children. The books are varied from board/picture books for 3- 6 year old children, to junior novels, general readers and reference and non-fiction books.

All of the books were donated by Oil Search employees during a 2016 book drive as well as from partner organisation, Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP).

Oil Search Foundation (OSF) executive director, Stephanie Copus-Campbell, saw the need for a library in the Children’s Ward to give young patients an opportunity to read and explore the fun of storytelling through books.

A cheerful Christmas planned for children at hospital

Hospital Board Chairman Peter Botten, accompanied by Oil Search executive general manager for stakeholder engagement, Gerea Aopi, toured the Tari region and visited the hospital on Monday.

During the visit, Botten thanked the hospital staff for their contribution to the significant changes that have occurred at the hospital since the new board took over earlier in the year. He also thanked the support of a number of partners, including Oil Search, the Oil Search Foundation and other stakeholders.

Books donated to Hela hospital’s children ward

The hospital’s Director of Nursing Services, Freda Makanda, and the Oil Search Foundation’s Provincial Development Manager, Michael Conlon, visited the ward and distributed books to children and their parents.

Parents and children were very excited to receive the books to make their stay in hospital a little bit easier. The book’s colourful pictures stimulate the children’s imagination and colouring pages help them pass the time in hospital.

Hela hospital gets permanent water supply

The hospital ran out of water late last year creating an emergency situation that seriously affected its capacity to care for patients and staff.