19 Sep 2006

Hospital staff in PNG flee after threats from landowner group

7:47 pm on 19 September 2006

A Lutheran hospital in Wapenamanda, in Papua New Guinea's Enga province closed after staff fled at the weekend following threats from a landowners group.

The Post Courier reports the group has demanded that the chief executive officer Jenny Reto and her management staff be changed, but the local Lutheran church wants Ms Reto to remain in charge.

The ensuing tension caused more than 90 staff to flee over the weekend.

The hospital at Wapenamanda is one of the oldest health facilities in the Highlands - it was established in 1953 as a school of nursing.