ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) is working closely with the Hela Provincial Health Authority to improve long-term healthcare outcomes through the construction of a new sterilisation building and installation of two sterilising machines at Tari General Hospital.
Supporting up to 6,000 patients each year, Tari General Hospital relies on sterilising machines to clean medical equipment used across surgical operations and the emergency department to improve infection control procedures.
Kim Hahn, Upstream Asset Manager at ExxonMobil PNG, said the company is proud to support this health facility and provide critical medical equipment. The assistance will not only contribute to the daily operation of the hospital but also assist in infection prevention and the control of infections and diseases, such as COVID-19.
“We remain committed to supporting hard-working doctors and nurses by ensuring they have access to the tools and equipment they require to meet healthcare needs of not only the Tari community but the wider Hela Province,” Ms Hahn said.
Besides the new building and 400-litre stream sterilisers, ExxonMobil PNG on behalf of PNG LNG Project also donated 600 WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) kits containing items such as hand soap, laundry soap bars and towels to be delivered to Tari General Hospital staff. A total of four 20-foot containers containing cleaning chemicals, wheelie bins, portable toilets, and folding beds were also donated to the hospital.
Dr James Kintwa, CEO at Hela Provincial Health Authority, said this new building and donation would help increase the hospitals capacity to treat more patients by speeding up the sterilisation process between procedures.
“The donation of these two new sterilisers will give Tari General Hospital continuity to provide sterile surgical services and ensure our emergency department is prepared for minor procedures.”
“We are also grateful to ExxonMobil PNG for their wider donation of building materials that will aid us in renovating other areas of the facility to be better prepared for isolating and treating patients during future emergencies,” Dr Kintwa said.
ExxonMobil PNG has supported Tari General Hospital since 2013 with medical equipment and supplies, staff training, maintenance support and infrastructure upgrades; including water tanks, water and sewage treatment plants and power generators.
The company continues to support the PNG Government’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with the donations of critical medical equipment such as PPE, thermometers and screening shelters; collaboration in delivering preventative health and hygiene awareness messages; logistical support to transport materials to remote locations; and the repatriation of stranded PNG students from the Philippines.