Manus refugees identify new healthcare provider

4:47 pm on 2 May 2018

Refugees detained by Australia in Papua New Guinea say a private hospital in Port Moresby is their new primary healthcare provider on Manus Island.

A handout photo from Refugee Action Coalition taken and received on 13 November 13 shows refugees at the Australian detention centre on Manus Island.

Manus Island detainees Photo: AFP / REFUGEE ACTION COALITION

Pacific International Hospital has been treating refugees brought to the capital from Manus and is now said to be dispensing services on the island.

Last week, the company International Health and Medical Services, or IHMS, said its contract to provide healthcare to refugees in PNG concluded at the end of April.

It said a core group of its staff would support the transition to the new healthcare provider, but neither IHMS nor the Australian government would confirm who that was.

Refugees on Manus and in Port Moresby said it was Pacific International Hospital, which did not respond to a request for comment from RNZ Pacific.

IHMS said it had extended its contract to deliver health services to refugees detained by Australia on Nauru.

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