Papua New Guinea's HEALTH Minister Dr Lino Tom says he is keen to get the public health system back in order but warns that there are no quick-fix solutions.
He said after the swearing in of Cabinet ministers at Government House yesterday that the country once enjoyed a “robust” health system a decade ago.
“Ten years ago, Papua New Guinea had a robust public health system that was working,” he said.
“My aim is to restore the system.
“The system had to work again and ensure that people have access to basic health services throughout the country.”
Tom also plans to implement the recommendations of the parliamentary public accounts committee which conducted an inquiry into the health department’s procurement, distribution and supply of medicines and pharmaceutical drugs.
He warns that because it took years for the public health system to reach the state it is in now, it will also take years to fix the system and get it working again. “I have a set of key results areas and will be working with the department and other agencies to ensure that I deliver,” he said.
Wabag MP Tom was one of 32 MPs sworn in as ministers in the new Marape-led Government.
He succeeds Jelta Wong who takes over the Fisheries and Marine Resources portfolio which Tom held previously.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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