Papua New Guinea PRIME Minister James Marape says the shortage of medicine in the country is caused by the system in the Health Department to the World Bank in relation to foreign currency exchange.
“It’s not about money, we have the money there but the system in place is delaying the whole process,” Marape said in Port Moresby on Friday.
He said they had K14 million in foreign exchange currency available in the bank.
“The delay in receiving medicine is through the ordering processes with the Health Department and to the bank where they have their own processes and they need to tick off.”
He said one of his Government’s greatest achievements was the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
“This is an independent body working together with the police commissioner investigating into corruption,” he said.
“It is not just about corruption, it’s also about economy of this country.”
Many governments in the past, he said, had talked about it but never established one.
“Pangu Pati with the coalition of other likeminded parties, have established it and is functional now,” he said.
“As long as Pangu is in Government, we are committed to fund it and support it all the way.”
Meanwhile, he further added that Pangu Pati was still intact and there was no disunity or split in it.
“All the rumours on disunity and separation in the party are just speculation,” he said.
“We are intact and we will have our convention on Oct 22, in Lae, and we are looking forward to it.”
Deputy Prime Minister John Rosso said the party was stable and united.
Pangu Pati secretary Morris Tovabae said they had done their report and submitted it and there was no instability among them.
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