EAST Sepik requires 1,600 health workers to deliver services to its 433,000-plus people, according to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Health Matters.
Committee chairman Elias Kapavore was in the province recently and said: “To deliver full services, they need more than 800 staff to bring their total to 1,600.”
Despite this fact, Kapavore said the committee was satisfied with their level of planning.
“East Sepik health authority (PHA) has good governance systems in order and prepared to serve the people,” he said.
“The PHA take the lead in the documentations of the strategic planning with their corporate plan, strategic development plan 2022-2026 and I’m positive they are the first to produce the 2022 annual management report.
“They have a good chief executive (Mathew Kaluvia) officer supported by a good board.”
Kapavore noted that 250 aid posts were closed due to manpower shortages and only 31 were operating.
The committee toured several facilities in the province, including the new K200 million Sir Michael Thomas Somare Memorial Hospital in Wewak.
“We also visited Huliwa aid post at Yangoru-Saussia along the Sepik Highway,” Kapavore said.
“It was constructed with district funds and was handed over to the Catholic health services who will be managing the facility.
“Other PHAs can learn from this example and establish service partnership agreement between key stakeholders, especially the churches.”
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