East Sepik has become the 9th Provincial Government to enter into an agreement with the Health Department, to establish its Provincial Health Authority.
East Sepik Governor and former Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, said the department, national and provincial governments have struggled over the years to deliver effective services due to lack of coordination between the health centers and hospitals throughout the country.
Sir Michael backed Health Minister, Michael Malabag, saying that this initiative is the way forward to providing better health for Papua New Guinea and its citizens. He said his government has great plans for the Boram General Hospital.
Mr. Malabag said health authorities are the way forward to improving health services in the country. He said the aim is to have effective management of funds, to support health centers and hospital administrations, and also to regularly improve infrastructure.
Sir Michael said this initiative will greatly improve coordination between rural-based health facilities and the general hospitals. He said this was the cause of the breakdown of health services throughout the country over the years.
In 4 to 6 months’ time, when the Provincial Health Authority for East Sepik is operational, it will look at giving a major facelift to the Boram General Hospital in Wewak town. Sir Michael said this hospital, not only plays a critical part in restoring good health to his people, but it also acts as a referral hospital to the people of West Sepik and Manus Province. There were also talks of relocating the hospital.
The provincial government is also confident that following the major facelift, more medical specialists and practitioners will be attracted to work there.
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