PNG Nurses Association: Government To look into Health Care Policy

The Papua New Guinea Nurses Association is calling upon the Government to look into its Free Care Health Policy.

PNGNA says the policy implemented by the Health Department is becoming a problem for nurses in the country.

President of the Association Sr. Emie Kaptigau says the Government should look into the policy and provide more vacancies for nurses to meet with the increase of patients.

The PNG Nurses Association said there is a big demand from the public regarding health issues and the capacity for nurses to help implement the policy.

Sr. Kaptigau said, nurses are attending to 200 to 300 patients per day at the clinics and hospitals resulting in patients receiving less attention required.

The Association is urging the Government to look closely into the policy and provide more vacancies for nurses as well as improving and establishing more nursing colleges in the country.

Sr. Kaptigau also added that nurses in the country are faced with so many issues like manpower, infrastructure and service provision. Nurses are disappointed with the Government for not meeting the needs of the nurses in the country.

PNG approximately has 13 000 certified and licensed nurses in the country compared to the 7.8 million population.

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