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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

NO CUTS TO CORE NATIONAL PRIORITIES, SAYS PM

28 November 2017

Source: Post-Courier

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the 2018 National Budget is based on common sense and restraint, and builds on the proactive manner in which the Government has managed the recent global economic pressures.

 

“When we formed the Government in Alotau, we promised to deliver stable and sensible administration, and you can see that commitment evident in this budget,” the Prime Minister said ahead of the tabling of the budget by the Treasurer in Parliament this week.

 

“In this budget, there will be no cuts to our core national priorities, particularly education and healthcare.

 

“We will deliver a productive and safe APEC summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves the legacy in our Government agencies.

 

“Our Government will also continue to build more efficient public services that are increasingly capable while being less expensive to operate. I am looking forward to sensible debate about the budget that is based on fact and not misinformation.”

 

Mr O’Neill said while pressure on the economy from global factors is easing, the Government will continue to ensure fiscal discipline is maintained.

 

“There is no doubt that we are seeing improvements in the global economy, and this is reflected in positive indicators in our own economy.

 

“Commodity prices are returning to healthier levels but there is still a long way to go before we can relax.

 

“When global conditions were at their lowest, our Government managed the challenges we faced and this has placed us in a stronger position today. We continued to maintain positive economic growth through a program of reducing spending, managing expenses and rescheduling some infrastructure construction,” the PM said.

 

“It is because of our responsible approach that we can deliver the budget that will be presented to the Parliament this week.

 

“The Treasurer, working with all Cabinet members, and Treasury officials, has developed a very responsible budget that takes account of current global challenges.

 

“I congratulate our Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, and look forward to the delivery of his first budget speech on Tuesday.”

No One To Remain In Lombrum, Says Kantha

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

Following the Court ruling dismissing the application by Behrous Boochani and his lawyer Ben Lomai to put on hold the decommissioning process and restore services at Manus Refugee Processing Centre, acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha has urged all refugees and failed asylum seekers to move immediately to their alternative accommodation provided at Lorengau.

Mr Kantha said that they no longer have a legal basis to remain at the decommissioned facility and reiterated the statement from the Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas that it was impossible to restore any services.

They must move immediately for the interest of their own safety, hygiene and health, he said.

The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority has sent provincial health inspectors into the decommissioned facility yesterday to make an assessment which they are going to likely declare the place uninhabitable for anyone to reside as there are no longer access to basic services, water and waste and garbage is piling that is posing serious risks of exposure to contagious diseases such as dysentery and cholera,” Mr Kantha said.

“The residents must move immediately as the PNGICSA and authorities is assessing the situation and may take steps to move them for the interest of all residents including staff who are within the vicinity that may also be exposed to contagious diseases as a result of wastes pilling up from residents refusing to move.

“All services including security and medical services are available at the new accommodation sites and there is no reason to remain at Lombrum.”

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the O’Neill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 
A lack of affordable housing has also forced the creation of many small settlements throughout the city that lack proper hygiene and sanitation, and that’s something the committee will also be looking into.
 
 
Author:
 
Glenda Popot via Loop PNG

Wash Policy Attracting Donor Support

 

Source: Post-Courier

BY MATTHEW VARI 

Picture: Loop PNG

The country’s first water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) policy has attracted the support of various development partners since its introduction in 2015.

 

With the national government’s commitment in having such a policy, it has since enabled focus areas identified to be addressed with increased expression of interest from development partners in the form of water and sanitation projects.

 

Program management unit co-ordinator, Takale Tuna said this when speaking at the Yumi Olgeta media event organised by the United Nations and European Union last week in Port Moresby.

 

As the result of the policy being passed by government we have actually been able to put together a lot of the development partners like World Bank has provided us a loan, EU has provided us some funding through UNICEF to address WaSH in schools and WaSH in health centres.”

 

“Also ADB is looking at peri-urban, which is basically the settlements, but also towns as well.”

 

“Also DFAT (Australia’s Department of Foreign Affair and Trade) have expressed interest and JICA (Japan’s aid program). So just because of the policy and the wash PMU (program management unit) that I head, there has been quiet great interest of the development partners to come around and help us address our water sanitation hygiene access.”

 

The WaSH policy aims to reduce water-borne diseases, reduce the amount of time that women especially spend their time collecting water, and equity issues to marginalised group in accessing water sanitation.

 

“Those are the main goals in terms of government improving the quality of life for Papua New Guineans,” Mr Tuna said.

 

PNG has never had a WaSH Policy and approaches to achieving national targets have been random and unco-ordinated.

 

As a result, access to improved water sources and safe sanitation has been declining in recent years as services fail to keep up with population growth and demand.

PM Applauds Abel For Handing Down First Money Plan

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has commended his deputy and Treasurer Charles Abel for successfully handing down the 2017 Supplementary Budget in Parliament yesterday.

 
“I commend the Treasurer as this is his first budget/money plan. There are now some renewed sense of energy in Treasury and of course as a result of that you can see some real drive into outstanding issues like over expenditure by public servants. The Treasurer is definitely getting things back on track.”

 
Mr O’Neill said that development is taking place across the country in the areas of infrastructure, health and education. “This is only the beginning and we will make sure we deliver before this term expires,” he said.

 
“You see, when we came into office in 2012, we built major infrastructure that you see now,” he said.

 
“If we did not build these infrastructure, the recession will be far worse than today.”
Mr O’Neill said the National Alliance-led government was in control for 15 years and they handed out about seven supplementary budgets when they had surplus, but never built any infrastructure.

 
“To date, they still can’t name an infrastructure they built, and they left no money in the Trust Account,” he said. “Treasury is the engine room, the heart that controls the body, and you should be very careful.

 
“It is a fact, that we are all responsible to correct the position when they are course blow outs, to correct it so we set new targets and that is 2.5 per cent of GDP,” Mr O’Neill said.

PNG, Aust sign deal for technical cooperation

Source: The National

THE Prime Minister’s Department and National Executive Council have signed an agreement with their Australian counterparts for technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

 
Chief Secretary  Isaac Lupari said the agreement would pave the way for better relationships between the two countries.

 
“The agreement will provide capacity-building for both countries’ administrative personnel and enhance existing relationships,” he said.

 
“It should also pave the way for strengthening our public service reforms in collaboration with our Australian counterparts and provide coordinated monitoring of government policies and decision-making processes.

 
“An integral part of this understanding will involve officers from the prime minister’s department and cabinets of both countries undergoing joint training and capacity-building exchanges.”

 
Lupari said the agreement recognised the importance that both governments placed on maintaining strong institutional links between the two countries.

 
He said this extended beyond the existing development links that they have.

 
“It recognises the shared role of both departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies,” Lupari said.

 
He said the cooperation between the two governments would be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability.

 
Lupari said taking into consideration each government’s capacity and resources, improved development outcomes for both parties would be mutual in the long run.
“It also enables cooperation between other government agencies such as health and defence.”

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