By Jim John : FM 100
The main health centres and hospitals in Papua New Guinea's Western Province are continuing to face shortage of basic medical drugs.
This resulted in many patients not getting proper medical treatment.
Health workers in Western Province say medical supplies must be delivered on time for effective clinical services.
Currently, patients have been turned away or told to buy their own medicines at private clinics and pharmacies in town.
While this problem continues in other health facilities within the province, patients in North Fly District are going to and from Tabubil Hospital, Rumginae Rural Hospital, the Catholic health Centre including Kiunga District Hospital seeking medical treatment which they believe is too expensive for them.
Health workers in North Fly have confirmed that most medical supplies being ordered by respective health facilities from the Area Medical Store in Port Moresby are not received on time and is affecting the clinical services.
The Ningerum health centre, Rumginae Rural Hospital, Catholic urban clinic and the district hospital had been seeing an increased number of patients on a daily basis.
Despite these ongoing issues, hardworking health workers within the district are continuing to treat patients with few available medicines in respective health facilities.
Health workers are now calling on relevant authorities to look into this matter.
Attempts by this newsroom to get comments from Western Provincial Health Authority regarding this problem were in vain.
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