20 Oct 2010

PNG seeks replacement doctor to run Tari hospital

3:38 pm on 20 October 2010

The Health Department in Papua New Guinea is working on getting a replacement doctor to manage the Tari district hospital.

The doctor who was in charge, Dr Bravy Koensong, left in June following allegations by locals that he had mismanaged the affairs of the hospital.

The Acting Secretary for Health, Dr Pyson Dakulala, says the hospital continues to operate with help from doctors from the medical humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres.

He says Dr Koensong is now working for the Southern Highlands Provincial Administration in Mendi.

"We are in the process of trying to deal with getting in a doctor who would be then stationed in Tari itself. Services are functioning in Tari, with the support of MSF and there is also health workers who are continuing to provide services in that hospital."

Dr Pyson Dakulala says the health department is hoping to transfer a doctor from Port Moresby to manage the Tari district hospital from a national point of view.