By Mike Puia
SASAMUNGA hospital in Choiseul Province is currently without a doctor.
This is according to Rev. Caleb Kotali, the Hospital secretary.
The hospital, also known as PJ Twomey Memorial Hospital, is owned by the United Church.
Kotali has started an appeal to raise money to build an accommodation to house a doctor who is posted to the hospital.
“Currently, cases brought to this hospital are referred to Taro (Choiseul’s provincial centre) hospital or Gizo (Western provincial centre) hospital”.
According to Kotali referring cases to Taro or Gizo hospital is costly and unsafe for nurses and patients.
He said there have been recent cases where people went had drowned and died in the sea between Choiseul and Western provinces while attempting to access these health facilities.
Sasamunga hospital, which was recently refurbished, has 30 beds.
It offered services like; x-ray, scan, pharmacy, dental and primary health care.
Provincial Doctors at Taro hospital usually pay visits to the hospital to see patients there.