Health Services

Since mining began in 1984, Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has introduced a range of services and infrastructure that have improved overall public health for the North Fly and surrounding communities. OTML provides a high level of quality health services to its workforce and the villagers within the Mine Lease Area.

Tabubil Hospital

The Tabubil Hospital which is owned by OTML, has served OTML employees and their families, contractors and communities of the North, Middle and South Fly Districts, and the Telefomin District of the Sandaun Province for many years. It is also best known for being the Western Province referral hospital. It is a five Star Hospital accredited twice by the National Health Department under Papua New Guinea Health Services standards.

In January 2014, Diwai Pharmaceuticals Limited (DPhL), a subsidiary of Divine Word University (DWU) assumed management of the Tabubil Hospital. Under DPhL, the hospital offers practical training for DWU health sciences students.

As a teaching hospital, Tabubil Hospital will perform three distinct functions:

  • Provide medical care and services to OTML employees and dependents, contractor employees and the general public
  • Provide a practical field for academic and clinical training programs of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Divine Word University and
  • Conduct medical research to provide input into Biomedical and Health Sciences research in PNG.

The Tabubil Hospital is a level 5 hospital with a capacity of 58 beds; including 25 in the General Ward, 19 in the Maternity Ward, in General Out Patient, four in the Accident and Emergency centre and eight in a stand-alone TB unit..

The stand-alone TB unit has two isolation rooms for Multi Drug Resistance (MDR) and Extensively Drug Resistance (XDR) cases.

The prolonged dry weather event in 2015 that resulted in Ok Tedi temporarily suspending operations had a similar effect on the operations of the Tabubil Hospital. Staff were stood down and only a few stayed on to provide minimal services and attend to emergencies.

The hospital resumed providing normal services in May 2016 and continues to provide a range of services including; general outpatient services, accident and emergency, general medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, operating theatre, maternal and child health clinics, family planning, cervical cancer testing, dental, laboratory, x-ray, occupational health, eye care clinic, VCT clinic, TB, STI and HIV clinic and community/ public health programs.

In 2016 the hospital received and treated:

  • 70, 849 outpatient attendance,
  • 1, 307 inpatient admissions,
  • 453 births.

The hospital has a total of 94 full-time employees, including four doctors; a physician, surgeon, obstetrics & gynaecology specialist and GP with work experience in Emergency medicine.

North Fly Health Services Development Program

The North Fly Health Services Development Program (NFHSDP) is a community health program working in partnership with existing health providers to improve the health of people in North Fly District, Western Province.

In 2008, Abt JTA (http://abtjta.com.au/) was requested to develop a solution for improving health service provision across the North Fly District, including how OTML could best support this solution. The OTML Board approved the proposal and committed PGK 20 million over five years for the program. The program was renewed in 2014 for a further five years (to end in 2018) for PGK34 million. The program addresses the main causes of illness and death; the priority areas needed for improvement to strengthen health service delivery; and provides suggestions for improved collaboration between all health service providers in the district.

The North Fly Health Services Development Program (<ahref="http://www.nfhsdp.org/">http://www.nfhsdp.org/) is a public-private partnership established in 2009. The key partners are North Fly District Health Services, Evangelical Church of PNG Health Services, Catholic Health Services, together with implementation partner ABT JTA and funding partner Ok Tedi Mining Limited.