From left Michael Asari, Rodney Rauletta, Erroll Mark and Elgin Darego are part of the Canstruct team building the new TB Ward in Oro

Canstruct is delighted to announce that construction commenced on July 23, 2017 for a new Tuberculosis (TB) Ward. This project has been instigated by the Oro Community Development Project, (OCDP) which is an Australian humanitarian aid organisation.

The Canstruct Supervisor in Oro is James Chatfield who has been moving heaven and earth to get this project off the ground. He leads a strong local team who have been working with Canstruct since 2014 in the Province. Pictured are Michael Asari, Rodney Rauletta, Errol Mark and Elgin Darego installing the foundations and flooring system for the new TB Ward.

The usual Oro tropical weather and the National Elections have played havoc with the progress of the job but the team are determined to see it through. The motivation is entirely the health and wellbeing of local people who desperately need a dedicated Ward for Tuberculosis. The Ward is being constructed using the Force 10 system which is perfect for tropical Pacific environments.

The Oro Community Development Project (OCDP) have commissioned this construction project with Canstruct. OCDP was established in early 2008 and provides assistance in the areas of health and education in Oro Province, PNG. The Popondetta General Hospital is the main provincial hospital in Oro, serving a population estimated to be in excess of 250,000 people. The new TB ward is desperately needed, as at present TB patients are being nursed with other medical patients in one ward. TB is a highly contagious disease so a specific ward for TB patients is a medical necessity. Unfortunately Tuberculosis is rife and increasing in PNG.

Australian father and daughter John and Emily Kleinig from the OCDP first approached Dan Murphy the Project Director for the Oro Bridges project in early 2016 about this project. John and Emily are passionate advocates for OCDP and the Oro Province. They spent many years living in PNG and love the Country! They were impressed with Canstruct’s can do performance in PNG and wanted to align OCDP with Canstruct. Dan and his father Robin share their passion and were immediately keen to help. Canstruct has committed to construct this health facility at no cost. We expect that the building will be complete in September 2017.

To read more on the work of the Oro Community Development Project, click here.