Category Archives: Health

Drug Shortage Is Being Addressed, Says Kase.

Post Courier Author 

HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase is aware of the current shortage of medical supplies and consumables, and he and his team are in regular contact with health services to determine the high-priority supplies of concern.

Mr Kase said this yesterday in response to a number of concerns raised by the community, and some public hospitals, regarding the shortage of medical supplies and some critical medicines.

“I am aware of the very legitimate concerns expressed by the community, and of the doubts this issue has raised in the capacity of the health system to deliver timely and appropriate care.”

“I did not want the community or my colleagues in health services to form the view that nothing is happening to address the shortages.” He said that during the past two months, a large number of orders have been placed for the urgent delivery of medicines and other supplies.

Mr Kase said a number of these supplies have been delivered and distributed; however, a disturbing quantity of orders have yet to be delivered, despite a number of efforts to encourage suppliers.

Mr Kase, and his procurement experts, met with representatives from a number of firms to discuss why it was not possible to meet the urgent requirement of the health system. He said it was a “positive and instructive meeting” for all parties, and a number of issues were identified. “This included communication issues, problems, at times, with the department’s ordering strategy and concerns over payments being received in a timely fashion.”

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Political Stability Needed for Continuation of Development

***PNC-Led Government to Bring New Era of Growth***

 

PM O’Neill was speaking with the people of Wiabo in the Obura Wanenara district of Goroka yesterday, where he committed to continue road construction in the province.

“In only five years, we have delivered on our promises in our simple policies, which you have seen all around you,” the Prime Minister said.

“Give us another five years, and you will see this country transform. Road infrastructure is the key to economic development and has been our government’s priority in ensuring the rural population have access to better services.

“Road infrastructure is essential for the delivery of healthcare and education so that services reach rural communities easily and on time.

“We will further continue funding for more classrooms and make sure educational materials reach the schools.”

The Prime Minister was campaigning with Obura Wanenara candidate John Boito, where he urged the people to vote for Mr Boito so that he can continue building the road from where it was left.

“There has been so much negativity during this campaign from the opposition, they have made wild accusations. But action speaks louder than words, and this has been demonstrated in the last five years.”

Village leaders in Wiabo applauded the commitments from the Prime Minister and Mr Boito after so many past decades of being neglected.

“In five years, we have delivered proper classrooms, and your children are going to school.

“Before we came to government, this was just a dream.

“Free education to continue under a PNC-led government, but it would be cancelled if the opposition had a chance to form government.

“The benefits of free education are clear for your children, particularly families in villages with parents who could not afford school fees.

“Our government will keep your kids in school so they can have better lives as they grow into adults.”

The Prime Minister was accompanied by PNC candidates including, Governor Julie Soso, Minister Nick Kuman and Minister Benny Allan.

 

Post-Courier June 7, 2017

Policemen Tarnishing the Reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

***Port Moresby General Hospital Doctor Beaten by Police***

 

A medical doctor doing his residency at the Port Moresby General Hospital Labour ward was beaten by Policemen on Wednesday night.

The young doctor will not be assisting mothers and babies in the Labour ward, because his eyes are completely shut and he has become partially deaf as a result of the beating.

Senior doctors say there is a shortage of doctors working with mothers and babies. Dr. Berry Newman’s inability to work will cause complications at the Labour ward.

This morning Professor Ikau Kevau, Dr. Osborne Liko and other senior doctors condemned the beating of the young medical officer.

The doctors collectively demanded action from the Police Commissioner and his deputies.

They’ve made the call after one of their own was badly beaten by cops in Tokarara.

“I dropped my sister and was turning back to Tokarara, they approached me when I stopped to change my tyres, they said I dropped off criminals and six of them punched and one kicked me on the right side of my ear,” said Dr. Newman.

Dr. Newman is now nursing serious injuries which will stop him from working at the Labour Ward.

He is part of a team of young doctors being trained to save the lives of mothers and babies.

But after the beating, he is deaf in the left ear and his eyes are completely shut. The injuries could become permanent.

“My right ear is not working anymore, I cannot see anymore. I don’t know why i was beaten up, I chose this career path to serve the people of this country,” the Labour ward trainee says.

Dr. Newman told EMTV News that he was taken to Waigani Police station where a policeman told him he could pick up his car in the morning after he pays the boys.

” They told me to go wash my face and treat myself, and then bring some money [so that] I can get my car,”  Newman said.

Senior doctors at Port Moresby General Hospital say the matter will not be taken lightly. It will be taken to the Police Commissioner for the matter to be addressed.

Doctors are respected in the society for their services to health. The incident has brought disgrace to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Members of the public have gone on social media outraged by the actions of a few policemen tarnishing the reputation of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki was approached for a response.

 

EMTV News Online  June 3, 2017

Policy of ‘Free Education & Free Health’ – Cornerstone of Developing PNG’s Next Generation and Securing the Future

***O’Neill: PNC Policies Vital***

 

Under the presence of local police, the Ialibu Pangia sitting MP and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made a low-key arrival at the Kewabi local level government for his rally.

The People’s National Congress Party (PNC) parliamentary leader received overwhelming support and made his points clear to those who gathered.

He said the free education program is at its infant stage hence, the desired results will take time.

“The full potential of the Free Education Policy has not yet been reached”, said PM O’Neill.

“We are yet to see the fruits of this policy because it is at its infant stage.”

According to PM O’Neill, PNC will maintain its policies and move the country forward if its candidates get the desired numbers after polling despite the criticisms.

O’Neill made this statement during his campaign rally two days ago at Kewabi Village of Ialibu Pangia District in Southern Highlands province.

He says PNC’s policy of ‘free education and free health’ is the cornerstone of developing PNG’s next generation and securing the future.

Being challenged by 9 other candidates for the Ialibu Pangia seat, O’Neill is confident of returning, as polling looms.

“PNC will form the next Government”, reiterated O’Neill.

 O’Neill’s visit to the district is the 3rd during the campaign duration.

 

EMTV News Online   June 1, 2017

Health Grants Program by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)to Fund Projects to Combat Stigma and Discrimination

The US Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity under the Health Grants Program.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and is seeking to fund projects to combat stigma and discrimination (including violence), particularly associated with the key populations (KP) of female sex workers and men who have sex with men in Papua New Guinea.

Applicants may request a maximum of US $15,000 (K49,000).

A total of US $127,000 (K417, 000) is available for this program.

Applications may be submitted at any time for consideration before the closing date of this announcement on June 30, 2017.

The Health Grants Program encourages projects that promote partnerships among two or more local organisations for a common goal; include KPs as project implementers and/or target beneficiaries; incorporate the use of social media; and identify barriers that hinder KPs from accessing health services and develop innovative solutions to address these barriers.

Applications can be found on the US Embassy Port Moresby website: https://pg.usembassy.gov/small-grants-request-proposals/

Health Department failed to put out a new tender, resulted in a shortage of medicines around the country.

*** New Drug Supplier Expected ***

A new contract to supply medical drugs to the Health Department is expected to be awarded next week, Central Supply and Tenders Board chairman Dr Ken Ngangan said.
He said the tender process was done and the department was engaged in technical evaluations.

Ngangan said the shortage of medicines around the country was due to delay in contracting a new pharmaceutical supplier and they had to extend a period of one year for Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals to continue the supply.

He said the Government’s three-year contract with Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals expired last November and the Health Department failed to put out a new tender.
That resulted in a shortage of medicines around the country.

“We hope to deliberate with Central Supply and Tenders Board next week and hopefully will get it into the last National Executive Council for this term and a new contractor awarded,” Ngangan said.

“We are doing all we can to award a new contract for the medical supplies transparently following due processes under urgent timelines.”

Meanwhile, Modilon General Hospital in Madang are scaling down its operations due to financial constraints but chief executive officer Christine Gawi said it was for the short term and discussions were underway to restore its normal operations soon.

May 25, 2017

BASIC HEALTH CARE – PETER O’NEILL’s SPEECH AT NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE – April 6, 2017

The PM said the PNC led government would continue to build hospitals throughout the country.

“We must continue to build specialist hospitals in the major regions of the country,” he said.

He said PNC and its coalition government would continue to invest in these hospitals and provide better health care.

“Today our government is the only government that is funding hospitals directly without having to give hospital funding to the health department,” he said.

Amongst the latest developments with health care in the country, the PM made reference to Modillon Hospital in Madang where the national government funded the construction of four new operating theatres.

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