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More health workers needed in Eastern Highlands Province

By Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Port Moresby

Health Workers at a rural Health Post in the Western Highlands Province have raised concerns about the limited number of workers treating an increasing amount of patients.

The concern from Health Workers in Nengil Health Post isn’t new in Papua New Guinea.

But, comes as the Western Highlands Health Authority delegates Health services to the district putting a strain on Health post workers.

“We are providing services similar to those at the Hospital (Mt. Hagen General), but we need more workers,” says Julie Kaurema who works at the Nengil Health post with three other Health Workers

When the Authority delegated work to the districts, including Baiyer, it had to make sure the Health posts could handle the strain.

Western Highlands Health Authority, Chief Executive Officer, Dr.James Kintwa says they have been training midwives to work in Health Posts, while Authority Chairman, David Quinn says district hospitals and the Provincial Hospitals will be upgraded.

There are also plans for a Nursing School to be established in the Mul-Baiyer district to solve the problem.

“It will train Nurses for the Health Posts… It will be good for all the Health Programs,” says Mul-Baiyer MP, Koi Trappe.

This will take time and most districts in the Western Highlands are working around the problem of worker shortages.

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