Health Highlands News News Bulletin Papua New Guinea

HEALTH ISSUES IN WHP

By Sharon Engnui

Western Highlands Governor Wai Rapa remains adamant to focus more on improving health services in his Province.

He revealed his plans for the health sector during an exclusive interview with EMTV recently in Port Moresby.

Accessing of better health services within the province of Western Highlands has been an issue ignored for far too long. Patients have been referred to seek medical assistance outside of the province due to the unavailability of reliable equipment’s to carry out operations. This is about to change as Governor Rapa remains adamant to focus more on improving health services in his Province.

He revealed his plans for the health sector during an exclusive interview with EMTV recently in Port Moresby highlighting that a lot of review has been made with a plan in place to create a new board that works to improve health services in the province.

“We are having problems with our Mt. Hagen hospital due to the increasing population and I will seriously look at the health sector, there is a lot of things being reviewed now and we are looking to have new board, I have discussed with the Health minister in Parliament regarding the board and we are looking to appoint credible people or expert from Western Highlands residing and Working in other province we are interested to appoint them because they will come with good reputation to uplift the standard of the hospital” he said.

Rapa alluded that he had talks with the Current Chief Executive Officer of the Mt. Hagen General Hospital Jane Holden to purchase equipment’s to boost services within the hospital.

He said “I told the CEO that we will try and buy some equipment’s for the hospital which she is quite happy to do that and with the availability of grants we will try and assist the hospital to purchase machines for the hospital”.

Governor Rapa also revealed that mobile vehicles have been donated to the hospital and will be launched soon to provide health services to people in the village.

“Mobile Vehicle can go around and scan all the mothers with cancer and breast cancer, these mobile vehicles will reach out to mothers in the village as it got every thin in built” he said

He added that he will be focusing more on the health sector to uplift its standard and will ensure that a budget is allocated to support the function of the hospital.

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