FORMER prime minister Peter O’Neill has urged the Government to prioritise basic medicine before overseas travels.
Ialibu-Pangia MP O’Neill said he was outraged by the numerous reports coming to him of the lack of basic medicine and health supplies around the country.
He claimed that about K10 million had been wasted this past week on expensive overseas trips, yet hospitals and health centres lacked basic medicine.
“What sort of Christian country are we when the head of our government ignores the begging of our people for basic medicines and instead, turns his attention to making sure 102 of his entourage are well looked after on their around-the-world jaunt?” O’Neill said in a statement.
“There is nothing worse than hypocrisy. Saying one thing, pretending to care and then in the next breath, doing the opposite.
“K8 million just on the Israel trip would have been much better spent on buying Panadol to save our babies from dying of fever.” He said the Government was “taking all of us for a ride”.
“He is prepared to literally let his people die from a lack of basic medicines and all the while living it up with his friends. It’s a disgrace,” O’Neill said.
“Doctors and nurses are at breaking point as their pleas for life-saving medicines are ignored by this Government.”
Deputy Opposition Leader Douglas Tomuriesa agreed with O’Neill, saying: “While the PM and his 100-plus team are out in the world trying to sell the product call Sugar PNG, can he seriously consider returning immediately and take charge of his Government?”
He said fuel prices were sky-rocketing at K4.60/litre from K3.80 just two months ago.
“Drug shortages in all hospitals are worrisome not only to patients but to all health workers,” he added.
“Law and order has now gone totally out of hand that the country itself will need a police watch post literally in every village.”
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