Rural HospitalsAHS operates 3 Rural Hospitals, referred to as Health Centres in PNG official terminology:-
St Barnabas' at Dogura in Milne Bay Province (Dogura Diocese)
St Margarets at Oro Bay in Oro Province (Popondota Diocese)
St Johns at Koinambe in Western Highlands Province (Aipo Rongo Diocese)
St Barnabas HC (rural hospital) is the best established of the 3 hospitals.and has had an expatriate doctor in post fairly consistently in recent years, mainly recruited through Voluntary Service Overseas in UK. The Anglican Station, at which the hospital is located, is the focal point for communities on the mainland of Milne Bay Province. The hospital supports 12 other health sub centres and aid posts in the area. has a daily outpatients clinic and regular clinics for antenatal mothers, family planning and child growth and development. Approximately forty inpatients can be accommodated at one time. There is an x-ray facility, laboratory and minor operating theatre. A new maternity ward is in the process of being built There is a generator which provides electricity for lights in the evening and is turned on during the day when electrical equipment needs to be operated.
The hospital has its own dinghy for transport to Alotau by sea. Students are allocated for rural health experience from St Barnabas' School of Nursing in Alotau.
St Margarets' HC (rural hospital) is located at Oro Bay, which can be reached by tarmac road from Popondetta. This is a 45 minute journey by motor vehicle. Several PMVs (Public Motor Vehicles - basically a truck that can take people) run each day between Popondetta and Oro Bay. There is a daily flight from Port Moresby to Girua airport, which is 30 minutes away by road. There is also a weekly sea journey from Lae and Alotau to the wharf at Oro Bay. An expatriate doctor was appointed to the Hospital at the beginning of 2001 after a gap of 27 years. Since her appointment, the number of inpatients has more than trebled and there has been a substantial increase in the number of outpatients. There is a daily outpatients clinic and regular clinics for antenatal mothers, family planning and child growth and development. There is a laboratory, but at the moment no x-ray facility. Patients requiring surgery are sent to Popondetta General Hospital.
With the help of Rotary Australia, one of the wards has been refurbished and converted into an Isolation Ward. There are plans to refurbish the other wards. There is a generator which provides electricity for lights in the evening, and at other times for emergencies. Students are allocated for rural health experience from St Margaret's Community Health Worker Training School in Popondetta.
St John's HC (rural hospital) is the least established of the 3 hospitals.and did not ever have a doctor until July 2001 when 2 doctors were recruited through Voluntary Service Overseas in UK. It now has hydroelectricity. Koinambe is reached by a 6 hour journey from Mount Hagen on very rough road around mountain passes. There is also an airstrip, at which flights are temporarily suspended. This is a truly isolated and deprived area needing much help. The previous outpatients' unit had to be dismantled because it had been severely destroyed by white ants and was in a dangerous state. A new unit was completed and opened in 2001. The main ward was also refurbished and cubicalised. There are plans to extend the remaining buildings. There is a daily outpatients clinic and regular clinics for antenatal mothers, family planning and child growth and development. Approximately twenty five inpatients can be accommodated at one time. There is no x-ray, laboratory or even minor operating facility. Hopefully a laboratory can be developed in the near future. We hope also to install a generator to provide electricity for lights in the evening and for emergencies. St John's is at a fairly early stage of development, but located in a area of great need. There are approximately ten Government Aid Posts in this area, which are closed. Therefore the only service which these communities receive is from the Staff at St John's HC.