By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Despite the free health policy being implemented throughout the country, rural areas in Papua New Guinea still face a slow supply of medical drugs.
Telefomin district is one that will struggle to serve its people while waiting for the construction of a new health facility.
Attached medical officer, Dr. Wini Kariye, says short-term plans have been designed to address the current problems in delivering health services to the people.
“There’s nothing in the current health facility but we are trying our best to help deliver health services to the people,” Dr. Kariye said.
A lack of facilities such as laboratory, blood services and x-ray are just some problems he is challenged with.
The current facility is managed by Baptist Health Services, with only two wards, and employs only Community Health Workers. The last Medical Doctor was in Telefomin in 2010.
“I hope to put in place a plan that will help constant supply of medical drugs and other services while awaiting the completion of the new district health facility,” Dr. Kariye said.