12 May 2008

PNG hospital closed for two months after assaults and thefts

3:06 pm on 12 May 2008

A district hospital in Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea closed two months ago by thefts and assaults is still to re-open.

Ialibu is a referral hospital for around two hundred thousand people in the eastern end of the province.

The National newspaper quotes a nursing officer, Alphonse Sambai, saying the 26 staff closed the hospital in March after grieving relatives of a woman who died smashed property before stealing the ambulance.

They had blamed the hospital for the death.

The board's interim chairman, David Rema, says since the closure, many people have died while hundreds of sick people have been sent away.