The Enga Provincial Government is the 8th province to sign up for the establishment of a provincial health authority.
Minister for Health, Michael Malabag, was in Wabag to authorize for Wabag General Hospital to be Provincial Health Authority status.
Hundreds turned up at Wabag to witness the agreement signing between the Enga provincial government, and the National Department of Health.
Men, women and children lined the streets of Wabag town on Monday, to witness the significant ceremony where the Wabag general Hospital and the rural health services in Enga, were united under the Enga provincial health authority.
Health and HIV/AIDS Minister, Michael Malabag, Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, Enga governor, Peter Ipatas, and member for Wabag, Robert Ganim, were welcomed outside the Ipatas Centre. All civil servants, members from the royal constabulary, and students were all part of the event.
Governor Ipatas welcomed the guests, and challenged health authorities in the province, to embrace this change to see quality health services reaching the people.
He said, in past decades, his immediate challenge was when quality health services did not reach the rural population, therefore, he is in total support of this health reform. Minister Malabag took the opportunity to urge all provincial heads to be part of this reform. He said the reform removes barriers and impediments in the delivery of health services.
The minister also noted that under PHA, it allows for the elimination of program and resource duplication. New board members of the Enga provincial authority took their oaths of office, on the same day.
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