Papua New Guinea HEALTH Minister Dr Lino Tom says churches play a major role in the development of the health sector in the country.
“The bulk of the work is done by the health workers in rural areas.
“They are the real heroes of the country,”Lino said.
He said the lack of a health workforce is the problem faced in the country and the disparity is quite big in terms of the health worker to population ratio.
“We are trying to put in place some strategies to address the issue of health worker to patient.
“The Health Department will take back the health institutions in the country.
“Then, we will be able to fully take charge in terms of the shortfalls in the healthcare system,” he said.
Lino said the Government is committed to working in partnership with CHS to provide quality healthcare services to the people in the country especially in the rual areas by increasing the health workforce capacity.
He said this after representatives of the CHS aired their concerns on the issues they faced in the rural areas, in terms of providing basic healthcare services.
“I commend you all for the work you do.
“I too have worked in health centres in the rural areas and I am aware of the problems faced.
“The gap in the health workforce is very big.
“There is estimated to be one doctor to more than 30,000 persons,” he said.
“What we plan to do is increase our capacity at our institutions so that we graduate more health workers.
“We cannot just graduate health workers without providing job spacing.”
Tom reminded those in attendance of the CHS 53rd general assembly conference that to work in the health sector is not a career but a calling.
“You have been chosen to perform a duty to help the people,” he said.
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