IT’S a challenge to bring services to the country’s remote population and the Government needs to be smarter in doing this, says Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Charles Abel.
Mr Abel was speaking at the fundraising dinner for a new medical vessel for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Medical Ships on Friday night in Port Moresby.
He earlier gave K4 million towards the deposit on the new vessel, MV Ammari, but also pledged on Friday night an additional K1.5 million for next year, to come from the Government’s churches partnership program.
He said the Government recognised the great need for better health services and have for two consecutive years given a big slice of the national budget to the health sector. This year, the health sector received K1.8 billion, an increase from last year’s K1.4 million.
Mr Abel said services such as health must reach people in inaccessible parts of the country and those providing the services must be innovative in order to meet the unique challenges these areas present.
Furthermore, he highlighted the need to fund infrastructure such as roads and highways which are getting nearly K3 billion next year.
He said K6 million was being given to Mission Aviation Fellowship to help support its service in remote areas.
He thanked everyone who was giving towards the purchase of MV Ammari that will bring health services to remote areas in PNG.
He also thanked YWAM Medical Ships patron Rabbie Namaliu and his YWAM team for the work they tirelessly continue to carry out.