Free health care for PNG Ports staff and dependents

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has scored a first in health care for workers in Papua New Guinea when it announced that all its employees and their dependents will receive free and quality health care from the country’s premier health care provider, Pacific International Hospital (PIH).

“I am pleased to advice that PNG Ports Corporation Limited has entered into an agreement with Pacific International Hospital (PIH) whereby PIH will provide healthcare services to PNGPCL employees and their declared dependents,” Acting Managing Director, Mr Stanley Alphonse said.

“The facility is now available to Port Moresby and Lae based employees (via the Lae International Hospital). PIH is currently negotiating with medical services providers around the country to extend its health care facility to PNG Ports’ staff in other provinces,” Mr Alphonse said.

The services covered are extensive and include: Accidents and Emergency services, Anaesthesia and Critical care, Cardiology/Cardiac surgery, Critical Care, Dentistry, Dermatology, Dialysis, EYE and ENT, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, laboratory, neurology/neuro surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Optometry and Optical Services (Eye Care), Paediatrics Pathology, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Plastic surgery, Radiology, Trauma care and Urology.

Mr Alphonse made the announcement to jubilant staff who will access free and specialist quality health care, and will not have to wait in long queues at the public hospitals anymore.

“Costs are fully covered which means no employee will be required to pay any additional amount,” Mr Alphonse said.

“The health care facility enables the employees of PNG Ports and their declared dependents to access general health care services,” he said.

This company benefit comes back to back with an ambitious Home Ownership Scheme announced in January as an initiative to attract, retain and motivate staff in its endeavors to improve and maintain staff performance levels.

“While PNG Ports is a company seeing immense developments at its ports to meet global demands, it understands that the well-being of its staff will result in enhanced productivity at work and ultimately, the achievement of company milestones,” Mr Alphonse said.