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PM visits Goroka before flying to Lae

BY PEARSON KOLO


The  in the Eastern Highlands Province will soon manage its own funding directly from the national government to address the drug shortages and other medical issues.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this today in Goroka while visiting the near complete new wing of Goroka Hospital, being built at a cost of more than K88 million from the O’Neill government.

Prime Minister O’Neill said Goroka General Hospital will soon become a self-accounting Hospital together with Port Moresby General Hospital.

“The National Government will directly fund them to cater for their medical needs to provide consistent quality medical care to the people of the highlands,” Mr O’Goroka Hospital VisitNeill said.

The Prime Minister said he will be present during the official opening of the new women’s and children’s wing the hospital later this year and stressed that it is his government’s aim to provide good quality health care to the people of this country.

Mr O’Neill said Goroka Hospital is in a strategic location and serves the entire Highlands region and the state-of-the-art development was important.

Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu who accompanied the Prime Minister during his visit acknowledged Mr O’Neill and his government for funding the Goroka Hospital development and many other projects like the Goroka Airport terminal building and the Goroka Market project.

Governor Numu assured the PM that his government will make sure that every project and the respective funds provided by the national government will benefit the people of EHP, without a single toea wasted.

Mr O’Neill was welcomed by the chairman of the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority chairman Malcolm Smith and staff at the Goroka General Hospital.

The Prime Minister presented K73, 000, money raised from a fundraising event, to the children’s ward.

Mr O’Neill and his delegates visited the new Goroka Airport terminal before retiring to the Pacific Gardens Hotel.

Straight after arriving in Goroka around 10am, he went to the West Goroka Lutheran Church and paid his tribute to late Terry Shelley, a citizen and long time resident and businessman in Goroka, before visiting the Hospital.

The Prime Minister also mention during his visit that he is looking at funding the construction of a national stadium in the EHP.

The Prime Minister and his team flew to Lae from Goroka moments ago.

 

Source: https://postcourier.com.pg/pm-visits-goroka-flying-lae/

Photo credit: Brian Wali

Cleaning, maintenance work begins at Jomba cells

Source: The National

By DOROTHY MARK 


Cleaning and maintenance work at the Jomba police cells began over the weekend following a National Court order for work to be done immediately.
Judge David Cannings issued an order for the provincial government to make available K50,000 of which K25,000 was to be paid to the contractor that built a new female and juvenile cell block as part payment.
Another K25,000 was to be paid to police for the clean-up and maintenance of the current cell block.
Madang acting police commander Senior Inspector Jacob Bando said the contractor had gave him keys to the new cells which were available for use.
Bando said Madang administrator Daniel Aloi had arranged a contractor for the clean-up and maintenance of the old cell block.
Cannings said the cell was unfit for human occupation.
The clean-up came after he ordered for 36 detainees to be released on human rights grounds.
Cannings’ orders followed the filing of a report by national court officials about the cell conditions and over crowdedness.

 

New TB facility to offer same day treatment

 

 

Port Moresby General Hospital has opened new standalone tuberculosis (TB) clinic and pathology laboratory.

TB patients could now get treatment after laboratory test and X-ray results are done on the same day at the new facilities at Port Moresby General Hospital.

Hospital chief executive officer Dr Umesh Gupta officially named the clinic after Dr Joseph Bana-Koiri yesterday, saying the new TB clinic would be able to conduct X-rays and sputum examinations of adult and child TB patients daily.

“Our aim is to be able to start treatment of TB patients within four hours of presentation to the TB clinic, certainly before he or she leaves the premises,” Dr Gupta said.

He said the relocation of the facility was urgently required because the present clinic posed risk of spreading TB to other patients and staff in the present clinic, X-rays were done twice a week and that again posed risks to staff and other patients, he added.

“The new facility would encourage more adult and children if they have experience common symptoms like coughing for two weeks, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight loss can visit the clinic and be treated on the spot,” Dr Gupta said.

He said the new facility will support programs such as the introduction of the new child-friendly TB medication and will also support the concept of screening and treating of the family as a whole on the country.

Source: Post-Courier

Doctors call off strike

By GYNNIE KERO, REBECCA KUKU and HELEN TARAWA 


A PLANNED strike by doctors has been called off after the Government yesterday met four of their seven demands including the payment of K1.3 million to cover their insurance premiums.
National Doctors Association secretary Dr Sam Yockopua told The National last night the three remaining demands “are in process”.
“We are satisfied so we will continue work,” he said.
The strike by association members, which Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu and Personnel Department Secretary John Kali said would have been illegal, was to have started yesterday.
Sir Puka confirmed that K1.3mil had been paid and all the other demands were administrative matters which would be addressed.
“We have paid the premium insurance and we will address the other administrative issues as soon as possible,” he said.
Doctors this week threatened to withdraw their services in a nationwide strike if their sevens demands were not addressed immediately. They had submitted the same seven demands to the government earlier this year but received no response.
The demands are that:

  • An outstanding insurance premium of K1.13 million to be paid before close of business on Dec 14 (yesterday);
  • the outstanding NDA awards for national medical academics, the money managed by the University of PNG, to be paid by close of business on Pay 26 of 2017;
  • the State to show commitment to honour the award and facilitate the NDA HOS which includes financial contributions;
  • all doctors must have their contracts signed, gratuity calculations and payments done in compliance to the existing agreement by Pay 26 of 2017;
  • all doctors who have been employed must have their appointments confirmed, salaries and remuneration packages sorted out, and those seeking employment in the public sector must be promoted;
  • all outstanding rentals to be paid before close of business yesterday (Dec 14); and,
  • All outstanding claims by service providers must be paid by the end of the year.

 

Kali told The National that the strike threat strike contravened the Public Services Act and the General Orders. He said it would have breached an agreement signed between the doctors and the government which stipulated that doctors were engaged in an essential service and must ensure that their services were not hindered or interrupted by any industrial action.

Pom Gen to receive K100 million

THE Port Moresby General Hospital will receive K100 million of the K1.5 billion health sector allocation in the 2018 national budget, Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu says.
Sir Puka said they had been allocated 100 per cent funding but the challenge was how to implement the budget.
“I’ve been in this hospital most of my life and I’ve seen transformation under the new board. The highest institution in healthcare is the hospital,” he said.
“This is to bring the private sector skill, experience and acumen into the public sector. The things they lack are because of the Budget issues.
“I was health secretary before and I would beg the government to fund our health plan below 60 per cent. It’s now 100 per cent funding.”
Sir Puka said the key word was partnership and he urged the communities to help the management of the hospitals by doing their part.
“Don’t throw rubbish everywhere. Listen to security guards,” he said.
“Visit patients on time with one guardian. Doctor-patient relationship must be improved. Prescription practices must be good and patients must complete their doses to avoid drug resistance.”

Source: The National

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the school’s fifth commencement exercises – those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
“Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus,” Serafina told the graduates.
“The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.”

Source: The National

PNG moving away from tied loans

Source: Loop PNG

10/ 12/ 2017

Acting Prime Minster, Charles Abel, says the Government is moving away from loan financing with tied conditions.

He said the Government has learned from experience and is now negotiating loans which have better terms for the country.

 

He said this following the signing of a concessional loan with the Czechoslovakian EXIM Bank for K172 million (Euro 55 million) for the Boram Hospital Upgrade Project.

 

Abel said given the experience of the China EXIM Bank loan, which had tied conditions, the PNC-led coalition is now working to move away from such arrangements.

 

He said the Government is now looking more at financing arrangements, which are not tied and will also have a trickling effect on the economy.

 

“We want to begin a process where we want to move away from what we call tied bilateral financing. Some of the conditions that come with these loans require that a company must come from that particular country, so we’re doing our best to move away from that.

 

“We want as much as possible to have open tender, and to have Papua New Guinean companies participate so that more of the indirect benefits from these financing can stay in Papua New Guinea,” he said.

 

Another aspect of the financing arrangements being explored by the Government is concessional loans with relaxed repayment terms.

 

The Czech EXIM Bank loan of K172 million for the Boram Hospital is one such arrangement, he said, which has 2 percent interest and 15-year repayment period with a three grace period.

 

“How we improve these terms so that we have more participation from local companies is very important to us,” Abel said.

Photo Credit: ABC News Page

 

Author: Cedric Patjole

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