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St Margaret’s is a rural hospital in the coastal region of the Oro province. It is a reasonably accessible hospital that can be reached by tarmac road from Popondetta (approximately a 45 minute journey by motor vehicle) and there are several opportunities to make the trip each day. St Margaret’s is administrated by the Anglican Health Service under the title of Papua New Guinea Church Partnership (PNGCP) and is one of three institutions run by the PNGCP (the other two are St Barnabas’s and St John’s).
The hospital is run by an expatriate doctor who was appointed to the hospital in 2001, the first doctor at the hospital for some 27 years and since her appointment, the number of inpatients has more than trebled and there has been a substantial increase in the number of outpatients, which is demonstrative of the positive effect of having local, effective healthcare.
St Margaret’s operates a variety of services including an outpatients clinic and regular antenatal and family planning clinics. Although the facilities at the hospital are quite limited, the hospital does have a laboratory and an isolation facility, and is planning an x-ray facility. However, patients requiring surgery are sent to Popondetta General Hospital.
The hospital also has a dedicated generator that provides electricity for lights in the evening, and as required during emergencies. Students are allocated for rural health experience from St Margaret’s Community Health Worker Training School in Popondetta.
|Hospital type||Missionary Hospital|
|Local language||Pidgen, English|
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