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Kumul Petroleum donates K1 million to support establishment of Mendi Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit
Kumul Petroleum Government Affairs Coordinator Mark Pyambao and Deputy Chairman of the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority Board, Peter Nupiri break ground at what is to be the site of the new Kidney Dialysis Unit at the Mendi Provincial Hospital.

Kumul Petroleum donates K1 million to support establishment of Mendi Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit

Today, Mendi Provincial Hospital receives a donation of K1 million from Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Kumul Petroleum) to support the establishment of a Kidney Dialysis Unit.  

According to the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority, this is a vital service that will save many lives with both chronic and acute kidney (renal) problems due to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, trauma, infections etc. The commitment from Kumul Petroleum will ensure that Kidney patients in Southern Highlands Province and the Highlands region will no longer have to travel to Port Moresby to the only Kidney Dialysis Centre in the country.

The funds will be used by the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority to build a 200 metre square area of the hospital that is proposed to be built on the ground floor of the Mendi Provincial Hospital. This will be the first Kidney Dialysis Unit that will be established outside of Port Moresby and the second to be set up in the country.

Kumul Petroleum Managing Director Wapu Sonk speaking from Port Moresby said that, Kumul Petroleum is committed to support the Health Sector and reiterated further on the commitments made by Kumul Petroleum as the NOC (National Oil and Gas Company) to contribute to boost support to our Hospitals and Health Centres with support to specialist health centres two weeks ago, on August 19.

“Our announcement of August 19 to further support the health sector is a commitment we are serious about, and that the additional support we now provide to Mendi Provincial Hospital is a further sign to all Papua New Guineans of the efforts we are making to support the transformation of your investment efforts in the Oil and Gas, as well as Energy business into socio-economic activities. So that the people can benefit from their own country’s resource extraction”.

Mr Sonk also credited the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority for its work in making the project a reality, and in particular thanked the PNG Kidney Foundation for their guidance and support to the Provincial Health Authority, and further commending them for the support of the establishment of the unit by way of provision of medical equipment and personnel.  

Chief Executive Officer of the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority, Dr Joseph Birisi at a symbolic ceremony to mark the acceptance of support by Kumul Petroleum said, “We are very fortunate to receive this support from Kumul Petroleum that will make this Dialysis Unit a reality. It is the support of such partners including the PNG Kidney Foundation that we will be able to provide the quality of healthcare that will help change the future of Southern Highlanders health and indeed our fellow countryman in the region”.

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