In a formal complaint lodged with the provincial administration, doctors and nurses at the Madang Provincial Hospital have raised alarm over the inadequate electricity and water supply, adversely impacting their ability to deliver essential healthcare services.
As members of the Madang Health Authority (MPHA), the medical staff, including doctors and nurses, brought their grievances to the attention of Madang Governor Ramsey Pariwa. They emphasized the urgent need for a reliable and consistent power and water supply, along with essential lifesaving resources, to ensure proper health services for patients.
Governor Pariwa dedicated time to listen to the concerns of MPHA staff, who have been grappling with unresolved issues within the senior executive management since June. These concerns encompass unpaid casuals, operations management, and the inadequate allocation of clinical and hospital resources.
Dr. Thomas Kambuka, a representative of the medical staff, highlighted the necessity for political support to drive improvements in the institution. He underscored the deteriorating overall infrastructure over the past three decades, leading to overcrowding and avoidable fatalities. Staff accommodation emerged as a significant challenge, especially for those residing outside the town and enduring long commutes for extended shifts.
Provincial obstetrician Dr. John Bolnga emphasized the challenging environment healthcare professionals face, citing issues with road links, rugged terrains, and language barriers when responding to emergencies in rural districts.
Surgeon Dr. Yuro Openg urged intervention at this critical juncture, noting that young doctors, having gained valuable experience at Modilon Hospital, had devised strategies for transferring health services to districts by February.
Governor Pariwa was also apprised of the K5 million funding received in 2022, where K3.5 million was allocated by the government from the Health Department for a major renovation of hospital wards. Regrettably, as of now, the renovation has not been initiated, leaving the hospital staff grappling with infrastructural challenges and unmet needs.
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