Church Health Services owed K23 million by Government

Health facilities operated by church organisations will scale down operations if the Government fails to pay outstanding grants.

Board Member of Christian Health Services PNG, Reverend James Koi, said the Government must respect its commitment and adequately support churches.

Reverend Koi said a balance of K23 million remains outstanding for 2017. The delay of adequate funding to support Christian health services is also affecting the salary of its workers. Staff of church-run health facilities have been without pay for 4 months.

80% of rural health services that is 464 health facilities is provided by Church-based organisations. With funding not reaching these health facilities on time, there is a wider chance of scaling down of services.

CHS PNG is also hoping this will not happen as health indicators of preventable diseases are high.

In 2017 the Christian Health Services faced similar financial issues, this saw an agreement signed between the State and CHS in April.

The organisation says the Government has failed to keep to its promises.

A massive scale down of services will come into effect if the Government fails to pay what is promised to Christian Health Services throughout the country.

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