Malabag Signs Health Reforms with Provincial Governors

The health department signed partnership agreements with two provinces last night.

Enga and West Sepik will have more management powers overtheir major hospitals. 

Health Minister Michael Malabag acknowledgedthe interest ofthe governors to improver Health intheir provinces.

The signing ceremony took place in Port Moresby at Crown Plaza. Amidst heavies fromthe health department and partners liketheWorld health organisation.

Health secretary Pasco Kase saidthe mover to reformthe health sector aims to improverthe quality of health services by giving more powers tothe provinces.

Health minister Michael Malabag while praisingthe keen interest ofthe governors said it’s notthe system that’s failing it’s a management problem. General hospitals have been managed from Waigani. Thusthe need for provincial boards to be created. Mr Malabagsaid he expects qualiflied professionals to be employed. The fast tracking ofthe provincial authorities depends onthe governors.

Enga Governor Peter Ipatas see’sthe agreement as an important partnership andthe way forward. He said provinces have different health problems and have different ways of dealing withthem.

West Sepik Governor Amkat Mai said lLeadersip and management is critical for any organisation to function effectively. His province despite having a five star rated hospital faces challenges fromthe border.

Unfortunately Governors from Manus and West New Beitain were unable to attend.

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