Nazarene Hospital in the highlands of Papua New Guinea have been serving the people of Jiwaka and PNG for the last 50 years. It has now been declared to be the provincial hospital for Jiwaka. It was a great achievement in the history of Nazarene Hospital and Church of the Nazarene. It was a historical moment for the government of PNG to sign an agreement in partnership at this level with a church health service. The signing took place at the Provincial Headquarters office – between National Department of Health, Jiwaka Provincial Government, and Nazarene Hospital and was witnessed by Nazarene District Superintendent Rev. Peter Degne.
The MOA declared Nazarene General Hospital- Jiwaka to be listed the provincial hospital, rather than a health centre or district hospital as it has in the past. This increases the church’s ability to access more operational and salary support than in the past. The Nazarene Health Ministries hopes that this increased partnership opens up new opportunities for more ministry and particularly to increase training of PNG doctors.
Dr. Dooley, the Hospital Administrator, praised God and thanked the Government for recognizing what the church is doing through health ministries in this country and services provided in the rural areas. So much needs to be done through health and many life out in the rural and remote part of our province and country needs quality health care. The Nazarene Hospital prays that it can demonstrate to the government and other partners that investing in the church’s work can exponentially impact health and what is being done here could work in other areas of this country. Dr. Dooley said, changes will not be seen over night as hospital being declared to be provincial, but it will take time as we continue to see increasing government and other partner support. This year government funding will be the same but we are praying that next year budgets will be increased from the National Government and Department of Health that can be used for more growth in clinical services and teaching. Dr. Dooley extended his word of appreciation to all the nurses, doctors, and support staff from Nazarene Hospital for their commitment, dedication, and a heart to serve in this ministry for the last 50 years. Also thanked the community, the Kuma and Sekeng tribe surrounding the station for taking good care of the properties and staff over many years.
Provincial Administrator Mr Wandil made a public statement that Nazarene General Hospital will continue to run its operation as independent under its own Church constitution and administrative policies. No political or public will interfere with the institution management, policy, and ministry of the church.
Thousands of people including Hospital staff turned up to witness the signing and praised God for this great achievement in christian health service in Papua New Guinea.