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Rural Health Authorities Want Freight Cost Subsidised

By Quinton Alomp – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Calls have been made for the national government to subsidise cost of freighting medical supplies to rural health facilities.

Over the last five years, Church health services have received only 25 per cent of the total money the national government budgeted to the Health department.

Of the K20 million given to the Health sector, only K5 million is raised to the Church health services.

Church run health services then divided the money to all health facilities operated by each Church across the country.

Evangelical Church of PNG Health Secretary, Keith Kedekei, said the money each rural aid post, sub health centre or health centre receives is less than K2,000 for administration of the duties.

Kedekei said for rural health facilities, most of the money goes towards transportation of medical supplies.

“The money is insufficient to maintain a health facility throughout the year,” he said.

They are calling on the national government to subsidise the cost of transporting medical supplies to rural health facilities.

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