By GRACE AUKA
UPNG journalism student
THE women’s ward at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is facing overcrowding, lack of proper facilities and shortage of midwives due to shortage of funds, The National reports.
This was revealed by the hospital staff during a donation of linens by NCD Governor Powes Parkop his wife Jean and a group of women to ward 9 of the PMGH last Friday.
These concerns were raised by unit nurse coordinator Sr Jennifer Piakalyia and Dr Apeawusu Amoa, who said the ward was in distress and needed more support particularly for mothers.
“The challenge faced by the hospital is overwhelming and it still needs more funds because currently there is not enough beds, unfinished construction work on a building next to ward 9, this all comes down to lack of funds,” Amoa said.
He emphasised that the hospital needed more funding and support for the women in PNG in order for them to be kept in a comfortable and caring environment when admitted to the hospital.
According to Piakalya, the number of women delivering a day was 40-50, but there were not enough hospital beds, forcing some of them to sleep and rest along the corridors and even in the reception area of ward 10.
“The number of midwives has decreased, in a day there are only two midwives on duty to help mothers to deliver their babies,” she said.
The donation came from the women’s own effort and funds from a family project.
It comprised 100 pillows, 198 pillow cases and 174 bed sheets.