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The Office of the Emergency Controller partners with the Oil Search Family to distribute medical equipment and supplies to earthquake affected provinces

Hela PHA staff and the donated portal x-ray

The Office of the Papua New Guinea Emergency Controller has procured vital medical equipment and supplies valued at over K2 million to support the Hela and Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs) deliver essential health services.
Given the challenges of reaching remote areas, the Emergency Controller, Dr Bill Hamblin asked Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation for help using their logistical networks and technical expertise to distribute much needed assistance.
Through this cooperative approach the partners worked together to procure and transport x-ray machines and other equipment used in surgery along with supplies including bandages, gauze, dressing and disposable gloves.
The Emergency Controller, Dr William Hamblin, said ensuring vital health services were sustained after the earthquake was a priority for his office. Many hospitals and health facilities were badly affected including the two provincial hospitals where vital equipment was damaged and supplies hard to obtain due to transportation challenges.
Dr James Kintwa, Chief Executive Office of the Hela PHA was grateful for this support from partners.
“Our health facilities and staff are doing what they can under very difficult circumstances. But it is impossible to provide an acceptable level of service without basic equipment such as sterilisers and an x-ray machine or supplies such as gauze or surgical gloves. I thank the Emergency Controller’s Office for these essential items’.
With airports and roads closed we have depended on Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation to help with delivery via their helicopters travelling from Moro in the Southern Highlands.
Given the success of the distribution to date, the Emergency Controller has requested the Foundation’s support to deliver and install over 200 water tanks which are 9000 litres each. These will be delivered to health and education facilities in the earthquake affected provinces.
Executive Director of the Oil Search Foundation, Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell, said, her entire team was delighted to be working closely with the PNG Emergency Controller’s Office and the two PHAs to restore health services affected by the earthquake.
‘It is a great privilege to help’.

2 thoughts on “The Office of the Emergency Controller partners with the Oil Search Family to distribute medical equipment and supplies to earthquake affected provinces

  1. On behalf of Hela people, thank you so much for X-ray machine. Hela people have been traveling to other neighbouring provincial hospitals to access the X-ray. This time, the service is brought to our door-step. Thank you true PNG Emergency Controller/Team & Oil Search Foundation.
    Areme tumbuni ore larema.

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thank you for acknowledging the support from Government. Oil Search Foundation stands ready always to support PNG Government initiatives as such.

      Kind regards,


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