A village councillor from Wanga-wanga and Aiam-bak in Middle Fly District of Western Province says the new government must improve access to basic services such as education and health.
Owen Zumoi, says these concerns were also raised during the election period to contesting candidates.
He says access to health services is a major concern, describing that for emergency cases, they most times cannot travel to Daru, so they use dinghies to Kiunga District Hospital in North Fly. Sometimes patients die along the way. Zumoi says fuel is also expensive
He urges relevant government authorities to upgrade the Aiam-bak Aidpost for easy access to health services within Middle Fly.
Meantime, yesterday, Prime Minister James Marape in his inaugural address to the 11th Parliament and the country, says his government will continue to ensure the health system in the country is better improved, with health facilities within an hour’s waking distance from any community.
“We must ensure that a health facility is within one hour walk, one hour by boat, one hour by plane.”
“It simply means that health services must be accessible to our people.”
“It means that an aid post, health centre, district hospital or provincial hospital or a specialist hospital must be within one-hour reach by our people in 2025,” Prime Minister Marape stated.
He says by 2025, PNG citizens should not be going overseas, looking for health services.
“We worked hard to establish to invest into building the Port Moresby Health Facility, and the Lae Cancer facility.”
“We must now build more facilities for kidney, and cancer,” he stated, explain there are major demands for tertiary health care in heart, kidney, and all forms of cancer, which means PNG’s Health sector needs to respond to this demand. This includes being able to do more open heart patient care, dialysis, transplants in our facilities, complemented by highly trained professionals.
Prime Minister Marape says his government will not compromise the lives of our people, and is committed to upgrading all 21 provincial hospitals, and a hospital for the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
“The greatest gift to our people as we celebrate 50 years of nationhood will be to improve our health system…the lives of our people will not be compromised. We will give you the top priority.”
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