The existing Pukapuka hospital was constructed some 60 years ago from limestone and concrete. The building required structural and other significant refurbishment and remodelling to make it fit for health care services.
Due to the isolated nature and state of the hospital, many patients are referred to Rarotonga for treatment. The new hospital will be purpose-built to enable the provision of services that are currently lacking in the existing hospital.
Construction commenced in May 2020 and is due for completion early into the new year 2021. Four members of the CIIC Building and Construction team travelled from Rarotonga and leads a team of up to 30 local labourers to complete this project. By completion, the hospital will provide services out of two adjacent buildings servicing the resident population of 444.
1 . Complete with a new maternity ward, as well as dedicated wards for men and women, the hospital will better cater for the health of the growing population of Pukapuka.
The footprint of the building will expand 25% from its original size to allow for greater hospital beds, equipment, patient comfort and ease of access to efficient and effective health care.