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Staff at Angau hospital call for more security after a nurse was raped

Staff at Angau hospital call for more security after a nurse was raped

Updated 20 February 2013, 18:18 AEDT

Papua New Guinea's government has been asked to build secure new homes and inrease protection for staff of Lae's Angau general hospital in Morobe province.

The call comes as the hospital remains partially closed following the assault and rape of a female nurse.

Firmin Nanol reports:

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: Anagu hospital's Nurses Association President Steven Nawi, The Angau Hospital Board Chairman, Benson Nablu, Lae's Metropolitan Superintendent, Ivan Lakatani

Accommodation for hospital staff was one of the demands contained in petition following the rape of a female nurse last week end.

They also want escorts to be provided for shift health workers in the night.

It was presented to the PNG government, Angau's hospital management including the Morobe provincial administration.

Anagu hospital's Nurses Association President Steven Nawi says accommodation is a need for hospital staff and nurses.

He says nurses and doctors have been harassed and assaulted at work and it must stop.

He says nurses and doctors would not be assaulted, raped and or attacked if there is tight security within the hospital premises.

Mr Nawi says there should be security escorts for nurses and shifts health workers who live and go to work from settlements in Lae.

The Angau Hospital Board Chairman, Benson Nablu has sympathised with the plight of the nurses, doctors and the hospital staff.

He says Angau hospital does not have enough land to build homes and it's a matter the national government and health department have to address.

Police say five men have been arrested and detained in relation to the rape of a female nurse.

Lae's Metropolitan Superintendent, Ivan Lakatani says they will be charged once investigations are completed.

Nurses and doctors at the Angau hospital have resumed work to care for patients who have already been admitted before the rape incident.

The hospital says it's only accepting very critically ill patients and pregnant mothers for delivery but will not accept new admissions.

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