PNGPCL donates laptop to HIV/Aids pediatric researcher

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has a strategy in place this year with the aim to keep its employees informed and updated with the health issues affecting them in the workplace and at home.

Health issues affect the social well being of people resulting in low productivity by employees at the workplace and unstable family life at the homes.

The plan involves the engagement of a professional medical practitioner to provide free health advice to PNGPCL employees and support the health awareness programs instituted by the PNGPCL human resource department.

PNGPCL has engaged the services of Dr. Joe Kumbu to formulate programs that will address the health and social issues affecting the workforce in PNG and the world at large.

To assist him with his research and data collection, PNGPCL has donated a laptop and accessories worth over K3,700.00 to boost communication with the Company’s Marketing Department of the Commercial and New Business Division.

General Manager-Corporate Services of PNGPCL, Mr. Jerome Peniasi said part of the plan is to engage a medical doctor to do research and write-ups for the Company’s internal newsletter (Port Garamut) so that employees can be informed of health issues that affect the workforce in PNG such as alcohol, betel nut and tobacco (smoking), just to name a few.

Mr. Peniasi said that the donation goes a long way also in assisting Dr. Kumbu with his Masters’ in the research on pediatric HIV/Aids cases in Papua New Guinea.

He said this initiative is a long term investment for PNGPCL employees’ benefit and welfare.
The Company, as an employer of choice, is determined to ensure that its employees enjoy a healthy and vibrant working environment now and in the future.

Dr. Kumbu in acknowledging the partnership said the laptop will not only be for his personal use as agreed but to have database of medical and HIV/Aids related information with which he plans to assist other researchers.

The computer will also be a means of reaching out to those who need medical advice especially PNGPCL employees through email service.

“I am very much appreciative of this gesture. As planned I will provide health advice and commentaries to be published in the PNGPCL newsletter and also provide consultation to those in need,” he said.
Dr. Kumbu said he was humbled and thankful as the donation will help him immensely.

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