A new Labour Ward has been constructed at Popondetta General Hospital. This positive development for the hospital replaces a building that had first been constructed just after World War II.
Where expectant mothers give birth is an ongoing problem in PNG. Too many births still occur in the village where the chances of complications are extremely high. Often, very basically trained health professionals or those with no medical training are responsible for the birth of a baby. As well as the sanitation of the area being difficult, any complications can lead to dire results.
Mothers arriving at the new labour ward are able to access trained medical staff. They also enjoy an air conditioned, well-resourced setting to deliver their baby. An important part of the equation however, is that expectant mothers need to be able to plan to be near Popondetta General Hospital so that they can access these services when required.
The regular supply of reliable, in-date medicines is an ongoing problem within PNG. This affects all health facilities throughout the country, including Popondetta General Hospital and the Labour Ward.
Women are continually encouraged to give birth in a health facility in PNG. Maternal health rates remain high and the improvement of such facilities assists in addressing this vital issue.