THE sale of medical drugs on open street table markets has irked newly sworn-in chairman of the Eastern Highlands health authority (PHA) Chris Kopyoto.
In his maiden speech during the swearing-in ceremony of the fourth-PHA board last Saturday, chairman Kopyoto cautioned management and staff of Goroka Provincial Hospital to be take stock of dispersion of medical drugs.
Kopyoto said common medicines and drugs must be present at Health facilities at any one time for sick patients.
the non-availability of common drugs and medicines is one of the issues the new PHA board and management will address, he said.
Kopyoto said if the drugs are not in the health centres, hospitals and aid posts then they are not doing what they are supposed to do.
He said his board will do all it can to ensure basic medicines and drugs are available every time.
He said the board has to make sure the management have the required medical drugs and equipment available to save lives.
Kopyoto said: “If people are stealing our medical supplies, we cannot serve our people.
“We are responsible for people’s lives so let’s be very careful.
“I want to us to be a transparent board.
“Public Servants and friends do not bribe us and members must declare their interests in business or other interests.
Kopyoto said members must declare their interests before they continue on with the PHA.
as he wanted full transparency free from any outside influences.
The National / PNG health Watch
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