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Kumul Petroleum supports the establishment of National Heart Centre at Port Moresby General Hospital
Kumul Petroleum has committed K50 million over 5 years to support the establishment of a National Heart Centre at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Kumul Petroleum supports the establishment of National Heart Centre at Port Moresby General Hospital

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Kumul Petroleum) has today, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), between the Ministry of Health and Port Moresby General Hospital to fund the establishment of a National Heart Centre.

The project will be jointly funded by Kumul Petroleum and the PNG Government through the National Department of Health. Kumul Petroleum, through the signing of the MOA will support funding of the project with K50 million over a period of five years. The establishment of the National Heart Centre and its services, is estimated to cost K120 million for the Port Moresby General Hospital to fully establish.

According to health officials speaking at the MOA signing today, there has been on average an increase in the number of Papua New Guinean’s who suffer from Heart Disease, with almost 50 percent of cases owing to lifestyle diseases. The establishment of a National Heart Centre will ensure that Papua New Guineans receive the quality of care that they should from any modern hospital, at home here in Papua New Guinea, rather than having to travel overseas.

Included in the scope of works is the building of human resource capacity with the recruitment of a Cardiologist, Cardiac Surgeon, Cardiac Anaesthetist amongst others and training and research. Also included is the purchase and supply of specialist equipment for Cardiothoracic Surgery and a Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit which include a Catheterization Laboratory.

Kumul Petroleum Managing Director Wapu Sonk said at the signing of the MOA, “I am pleased to say that today’s signing is a significant undertaking that shows Papua New Guineans that we mean what we say. When we said in March this year, during the presentation of PPE and our commitment to the Port Moresby General Hospital Intensive Care Unit that you can count on our support, we delivered on this promise; and today the Port Moresby General Hospital is using these equipment to save the lives of many Papua New Guineans.”

Mr Sonk said that it was a privilege for Kumul Petroleum to be able to provide this support to its government and its people through ensuring that through Papua New Guinea’s investments in the oil and gas industry the benefits are maximised for all Papua New Guineans, adding that Kumul Petroleum’s support to the Health Sector would not end here, as it looks to further support rural Papua New Guinea through its existing projects such as the rural electrification programme currently underway.

 

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