HEALTH workers are calling on provincial authorities to address the prevailing poor health services in Jiwaka Province.
They have also called for the removal of the provincial health program manager Jenny Walep from the position.
More than 70 health workers out of 112 working in the province had signed a petition and handed it to Jiwaka administrator Michael Wandil last October calling for Ms Walep’s removal, and were disappointed that it was taking a long time for the provincial administration to respond to their demand.
They claimed that Ms Walep was not competent to run the province’s health services, highlighting, among others, that the provincial government’s allocation of funds for health in 2013 had not been used properly, leaving services in dire need of finances to run.
They had alleged that the province allocated K2.5 million to health in 2013, but only K400,000 was spent on health and K2.1 million was diverted elsewhere by the provincial government.
The other allegations included:
Health workers at Nazarene Hospital in Kudjip, who were contacted for comment, agreed that the health services in Jiwaka Province were a great concern.
The petition has been posted on a Facebook page called Jiwaka Province for some time and had become a subject of discussions by people, including medical doctors.