BUSINESSMAN Mahesh Patel has been sworn in as chairman of the newly-registered Central Provincial Health Authority board.
Patel was sworn in on Friday by Magistrate Alex Kalandi. Board members were sworn in last Monday at Kwikila.
Patel said there was a huge commitment and responsibility involved as the first chairman of the authority.
“There is going to be a lot of pressure on the board and I expect the board’s support and the governor’s to see if we can improve and (provide) the best quality health care in the province,” he said.
He said Central was a big province and they would have to find the best ways to deliver health services to its people.
Central Governor Robert Agarobe promised Patel the support he needed.
“Driving a vibrant economy requires healthy people in the sense that they need to be physically, mentally and spiritually strong. Looking at the board, we (have) got well-established, qualified and experienced persons to take on the challenge,” he said.
He is confident of having a well-managed health system in Central.
Meanwhile, the Kwikila hospital will serve as the provincial hospital while awaiting the building of the new one at Bautama next year.