By Mickey Kavera – EM TV, Port Moresby
There is a critical manpower shortage at the Maprik District Hospital, in East Sepik Province.
Few nursing officers are trying to cope with the increased patient numbers on a daily basis.
Acting Program Manager of the hospital, Raymond Pohonai, says there are no doctors, with only two Health Extension Officers assisting the nursing officers.
This setback has affected vital services at the hospital such as pathology, dental and x-ray.
“These services have been unavailable as there are no trained specialists to take up these roles,” he says.
The district administration is working closely with the Provincial Health Board, to bring in more staff to ease the workload currently experienced by staff.
Most of the buildings are rundown, and not conducive for staff and patients.
The redevelopment plans of the hospital are in its final stages, awaiting approval from the provincial health board.
This is a promising sign, and Mr. Pohonai is optimistic it will get off the ground soon.