Updated as of September 09, 2021: Thank you for praying for Nazarene General Hospital. Rev. Kafoa Muaror, Melanesia/South Pacific Field Strategy Coordinator shared that on September 6th, the hospital operation was fully restored. The Papua New Guinea government has provided the funding needed by the hospital.
Rev. Kafoa shared, “We praise God for His divine favor. We sincerely thank and appreciate everyone who partnered in praying for the situation with the hospital.”
If you would like to partner with the mission of Nazarene General Hospital you can give through this link: https://nazarene.org/projects/asia-pacific/msp-nazarene-hospital-greatest-need-fund.
Jiwaka Province, Papua New Guinea: Since August 2020, Nazarene General Hospital, formerly Kudjip Nazarene Hospital has only received incidental funding. Due to a lack of funding from the national government, the hospital must now look at making operational adjustments to prevent the complete depletion of its financial resources. Local and national leaders have previously been made aware of the impending financial crisis and efforts to secure emergency funding are ongoing. A contingency plan has been developed and will be implemented beginning the week of August 30th if emergency funding is not received or committed.
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The contingency plan calls for the closure of all outpatient services to new patients with the emergency department open to emergencies only. Only emergency surgeries will be available and maternity services will only be offered by referral. The four hospital in-patient wards will be reduced to two.
By September 20, hospital in-patient services will be scaled down and staff will go to half-time hours. However, no staff lay-offs are planned during this scale down. If funding is not committed by October 18, Kudjip Nazarene Hospital will commence a process of total closure of all hospital services by November 1. These actions are certainly not desired, and the leadership of Kudjip Nazarene Hospital recognizes the significant impact that this will create for the patients and staff.
Rev. Kafoa Muaror, Field Strategy Coordinator for the Melanesia-South Pacific Field shared, “The hospital and field leadership have been diligent in its approach over these many months in dealing with provincial and national government leaders. While we continue to be diligent and persistent in our efforts with key stakeholders, we remain fervent in our prayers and believe that God will open the doors to provide for the financial needs of the hospital beyond our ability and capacity.”