THE National Capital District Health Authority (NCDHA) will start work on a health service plan next week to address the overcrowding at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), an official says.
NCDHA acting chief executive officer Ken Wai told The National yesterday that the plan would map out the kind of facilities and services needed to serve the people.
“We need to gradually upgrade the urban clinics to modern facilities to cater for accidents and emergencies, birthing stations, minimal medical imaging, laboratory, dental, few inpatient beds to stabilise patients, and only refer serious cases to the hospital,” Wai said.
“We plan to station one to two doctors in each urban clinic but we will require support from NCD Commission and the three district development authorities in the city.”
He said another plan was to build the Gerehu Provincial Hospital which would be a huge development project.
“To tell you the fact, our facilities and human resource numbers are from the 1970s and 1980s but the population has already surpassed every planning and our ability to cater for them,” Wai said.
“We need to plan and set up facilities, services and resources to cater for the increasing population to address the overcrowding at PMGH.
“There is no easy solution to it.”
He said there were issues to fix in the city health authority.
“(We are) collecting data and information on staff establishment and staff strength in all the health facilities in the city,” he said.
The National / PNG Health News
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