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.
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, servicing the North, Middle and South Fly districts. 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 will offer 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 has a 64-bed hospital, four isolation rooms, an eight-bed extended care ward as well as a four-bed emergency centre. There is an OTML out-patients area, general out-patients area and well as a maternal and child health department.
The Hospital treats more than 12,000 outpatients and 150 admissions each month. The medical staff includes five doctors (including a full time physician, surgeon, paediatrician obstetrics & gynaecology specialist, GP with work experience in Emergency medicine and responsible for OTML expatriate employees and dependents, and ongoing visiting specialists), health extension officers, more than 80 nursing officers and community Health Workers aides, dental staff, radiographers, medical laboratory technicians and other allied health support staff.
Services offered at the Tabubil Health Centre include general medicine, surgery, obstetrics & gynaecologist, 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.
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 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 (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.