"This is the first provincial hospital to be built since independence, and people from around Enga can be proud of what has been achieved," he said.
"It has taken a long time to get to where we are today, this project started five years ago after so many decades of talk. "Now we are breaking ground and construction will begin on this hospital, and it is a big hospital, with 300 beds."
O'Neill said Ipatas had worked tirelessly for 20 years to help deliver services to the province.
"Education has been a priority for Sir Peter for many years and that is why today we see so many Engans moving into important jobs in business and government."