Nutritious food is not only good for health, but in a health care setting can also improve patient recovery.
The new kitchen facilities and equipment at ANGAU Memorial Hospital have greatly improved the safety and functionality of the work environment for staff, allowing better quality meals to be offered to hospital patients.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Morobe Provincial Heath Authority (PHA), Dr Kipas Binga, swapped his stethoscope for a chef’s hat and stepped up to the grill to prepare the first meal for patients in the new kitchen on Tuesday 24 November.
“Thanks to the Australian Government, our staff can now provide our patients with the food they deserve. The decayed state of the old facilities limited what they could provide, but now with this new space and equipment, they can expand the menu and offer much more nutritional variety to patients”.
The new design and equipment require a new way of working, so commissioning and training is essential to ensure that the workforce is ready to operate and maintain the building from day one.
The ANGAU Hospital Kitchen team are completing 6-months certified training in food preparation, handling and safety as part of a hospital-wide upskilling program.
Along with the Chair of Morobe PHA David Wissink, the Australian Consulate General Paul Murphy was on hand to take part in cooking for patients.
Along with the kitchen, the new laundry facility was also inspected by the visitors.
Approximately 15,000m2 of new infrastructure will be built at the hospital totalling around K500 million through the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership. The hospital is being rebuilt to world-class standards and will be more resilient to natural events like earthquakes and flooding.
Once completed, ANGAU Memorial Hospital will be the major regional referral hospital for the Momase Region and a significant national asset for Papua New Guinea for decades to come.
Feature Pic: Morobe PHA CEO Dr Kipas Binga, cooking