THE Special Parliamentary Committee on Health is looking into the medicine shortage faced in hospitals in Papua New Guinea.
“My committee is consulting each PHA for updates on their boards, levels of funding to date, and the medical supplies,” chairman Elias Kapavore told The National yesterday.
“I’ve instructed my secretariat to formulate questionnaires to be answered by selected staff of PHAs.
“I have also written follow-up letters to the health secretary, Port Moresby General Hospital chief executive officer, and the PHAs we visited this year.”
Kapavore said once consultation was completed, the committee would present a report with recommendations to Parliament when it reconvenes later this month.
This comes after Madang and Lae reported shortages, while Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Paki Molumi said they were receiving supplies from the area medical store, but still had to supplement by buying medicines themselves from local supplies.
Meanwhile, Lae residents in Morobe have started a “Nogat Marasin” campaign led by former EMTV reporter Julie Badui in reaction to the rise in deaths from preventable or treatable diseases.
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