THE Health Department will provide the 172 unregistered church-run health facilities in the country with funding assistance, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said.
Kase said about 20% of the church-run institutions were not registered or recognised by the Government.
Kase yesterday clarified with the Public Accounts Committee the number of church-run health facilities existing in the country.
“A lot of the health infrastructures were put in by the churches themselves many years ago even before the government came into their aid.
“It is about time the government through the Treasury and National Planning departments support the church health services by putting provisions.
“There are a number of facilities that need to be registered to be supported by the government.”
Christian Health Services director Joseph Sika said the 172 facilities were not recognised under government system but provided better services in rural communities.
Sika said there were 713 facilities operating with 541 funded by the government and 172 yet to receive help.