Contract Signed for Medical Incinerators in Papua New Guinea

 A significant milestone was achieved yesterday with the signing of a K30 million contract for the installation of medical incinerators in 21 hospitals across Papua New Guinea. This initiative aims to enhance the country's healthcare infrastructure, particularly in infection prevention and control, and healthcare waste management.

The contract was formally endorsed by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae, who represented the State in the signing ceremony. The Department of Health and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) were also key signatories, highlighting the collaborative effort between national and international bodies to address critical healthcare needs.

According to a statement from the Governor-General's office, the project encompasses the installation, certification, and commissioning of infection prevention and control measures, along with healthcare waste management facilities. Additionally, the procurement of related equipment and supplies for the 21 provincial hospitals is included in the scope of work. This comprehensive approach ensures that the hospitals are well-equipped to manage medical waste efficiently.

The medical waste incinerators have already been purchased and are currently awaiting their installation and commissioning. These advanced incinerators are expected to significantly improve the management of medical waste, thereby reducing the risk of infections and enhancing overall public health safety in the affected regions.

Funding for this crucial project will be provided by the World Bank under its Papua New Guinea Coronavirus Emergency Response Project. This financial support underscores the global commitment to strengthening healthcare systems, particularly in developing nations, to better cope with emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The signing ceremony took place at Government House in Konedobu, National Capital District, marking a pivotal step towards improved healthcare infrastructure in Papua New Guinea. The successful implementation of this project will not only address immediate health concerns but also lay a strong foundation for sustainable healthcare development in the future.

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