Monday, July 19, 2010

New HQ for PNGIMR in Madang

By MAIVO LAFANAMA DWU journalism student, The National 

THE Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) will have a new K15 million state-of-the-art research facility and headquarters in Madang.
The facility will feature laboratories for different diseases, staff housing and a residential activity area.
“The tender and awarding of the contracts for the construction of the facility will be out at the end of the year,” PNGIMR director Prof Peter Siba said at the groundbreaking for the facility last Friday.
The facility in Jomba will be located close to other important institutions such as the Modilion General Hospital, Luthern School of Nursing and Divine Word University (DWU).
DWU’s Br Andrew Simpson said the facility would enable students and PNGIMR in doing quality research into emerging diseases.
The land for the facility was awarded to IMR two weeks ago following a lengthy court battle with the landowners.
Siba thanked the Catholic and Lutheran churches for the use of land in their present location in Yagaum, Mugil and Alexisafhen in Madang.
PNGIMR has other branches nationwide.

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