Improving health care services
History shows us that healthy populations are more likely to participate actively in the social and economic growth of their communities and their country.
If you look at the health challenges of Papua New Guinea, the country has a very high disease burden.
ExxonMobil PNG Medical Advisor, Doctor Valentine Kolant
The way I see it is that we need proper hospitals and we need ambulances to be readily available to deliver quality healthcare to the people of Papua New Guinea.
ExxonMobil PNG has invested over $34.3 million (PGK86.2 million) into improving health care services in Papua New Guinea. The support includes a new sub-health centre, staff housing and an ambulance for the Para community.
Over 5,000 people from three villages are benefiting from the facility, run by the Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea, which provides inpatient services, midwifery services and pre-natal care to hundreds of local women.
The facility includes a labour ward and an antenatal care area which allows women to deliver babies and recuperate where as previously, they were sent straight home after delivery and a new fully-kitted ambulance is making transportation to the local hospital safer, ensuring better healthcare for the community.
“The community is very happy with the clinic and the ambulance service which was the first of its kind in the region,” says Senior Community Health Worker, Mr Charles Tiamai, Para Sub-Health Centre.
ExxonMobil PNG’s support of health care services is determined by the needs of the clinics and includes donations of ambulances, infrastructure upgrades such as new maternal and labour wards, medical supplies, staff housing and installation of water tanks and solar lights to assist with a constant supply of clean water and electricity to the facilities.