ENGA Governor Sir Peter Ipatas says the new Enga Health Authority board must think out of the box to make decisions in line with the expectations of the modern health facility.
The new hospital valued at more than K500 million and nearing completion is expected to be opened next year.
Sir Peter told the officials to allow the provincial government to reflect funding allocations for the authority in the normal budgetary and procurement process.
He said all existing funds reserved for health care were now been produced directly by the Health Department.
“The funds reserved for health care in all provinces are being procured directly by the HQ in Port Moresby in isolation from the provincial budgetary and procurement process,” he added.
Chairman Andrew Yonge Kenneth said: “The task would be challenging but with the experience and expertise of members of the board, I am confident of upholding the status quo in terms of delivering health services.”
The board members are Tribal Foundation country representative Ruth Kissam, local businessman Paul Kurai, Department of Health representative Barry Ropa, Dr Isaac Asa, Terry Kome, Bob Angaun, Catholic Dioceses of Enga representative Bishop Justin Aen and provincial administrator Dr Samson Amean.
The new board members’ appointments were endorsed by the National Executive Council on April 25 and were sworn-in last Friday.
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