A brand new ward for the treatment of Tuberculosis is under construction at Popondetta General Hospital. Built by a team of local builders, plumbers and electricians and led by Brisbane based construction group, Canstruct.
This new structure provides the hospital with the ability to isolate very sick patients suffering from TB. Currently it is difficult for this to occur. Highly contagious TB patients are forced to stay in wards throughout the hospital.
It has been designed for the specific treatment of this highly contagious disease. High ceilings, the provision for direct air flow, fans as well as isolation rooms for extremely unwell patients have all been included in the structure.
TB has become a high priority for PNG. It remains a major public health threat to the community. According to the World Health Organisation (2016), it kills more people in PNG than any other infectious disease. To make things worse, the high levels of drug resistant TB is growing.
This continues the commitment OCDP has for the treatment of TB. Training in the hospital is an ongoing initiative that we carry out in the identification and treatment of the disease.