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Workshop to Improve Health Standards in Gulf

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

A one week workshop was completed recently, to survey the current status of health services in the Gulf Province, and ways to improve it.

Gulf Deputy Provincial Administrator, Emmanuel Xavier, said the results of the survey must not be taken lightly by public servants of the province.

Mr Xavier said everyone is responsible to improve the poor health standards in the province.

“The National Health Standards Service (NHSS) would ensure no one tells lies or gives excuses or blames anyone about improving standards of health in Gulf. Everyone responsible will be measured by NHSS for their efforts in improving health of people of Gulf. This is our challenge,” Xavier admitted.

The workshop was attended by 129 health workers and managers from all around the province.

This is the first phase of the workshop in which health officers have been taught how to measure their health facilities and service against the National Health Standards.

Officers would return to their respective aid post, health centres and hospitals, to measure their services and facilities.

The results from their survey would be presented to the chief medical doctors in three weeks time when the team returns to collect the data.

The final report would be then compiled, and a “blueprint “for health services would be created and implemented accordingly.

The workshop was facilitated by chief medical doctors from the National Health Department and supported by the Oil Search Foundation.

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