16 Apr 2019

Thefts, violence force PNG hospital to close

From , 3:02 pm on 16 April 2019

A Papua New Guinea hospital has been shut down by its staff, who are protesting their lack of safety. 

Vunipopo Hospital in East New Britain has been repeatedly targeted by a series of thefts, which has seen medicines and equipment stolen. 

Then two weeks ago, nearby tribal fighting spilled into the hospital's emergency department, terrifying staff and patients. 

The hospital's director of medical services, Felix Diaku, told Jamie Tahana what happened and why they're shutting down. 

Main street Rabaul, East New Britain.

Main street Rabaul, East New Britain. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Felix Diaku says they're in talks with the provincial police, and they hope to reopen soon. 

He also says they've used the closure as an opportunity to carry out some renovations.