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Maternal and Child Healthcare Services among others to be reduced as Western Highlands plans cuts

The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority announced to the public that health services in the Province are likely to be affected and services provided will be reduced.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Paulus Ripa, said this was due to the current financial constraints faced by the country.

He urged everyone to look after themselves well and avoid situations or conditions where they may get sick.

This year, Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority received only 65 percent of the total amount allocated to them by the Government.

The board and management are working hard to secure additional funding and are urging the local members of Parliament to support them.

The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority CEO, Dr Ripa said all the health services provided by the Authority in its rural facilities as well as the Mt. Hagen General Hospital would be reduced.

The Authority said that it was an unfortunate situation where such action has to be taken on a vital service that is health care. The services cannot operate without sufficient financial resources. Accident and Emergency section will be attended to by doctors as normal, but other services would be reduced.

Services that are likely to be affected includes out-patients and in-patients, immunization programs, health promotion and maternal and child health clinics among others.

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