HEALTH services will be made accessible to everyone across Papua New Guinea, says Prime Minister James Marape.
Marape said the Government was giving this assurance to the nation that their health and their children’s health would be secured.
“This is a major undertaking,” he said.
“Every village must have health facility closest to them.
“Every local level government must have a health centre.
“Every district must have a hospital.
“Every provincial headquarters must have a provincial hospital.
“Our regions must have regional hospitals, and our nation must have specialist hospital.
“These interventions are what makes life bearable. Any prosperity gospel loses its significance when one is unwell or when a relative is struggling with illnesses that are manageable.
“We must ensure that a health facility is within one hour walk, one hour by boat, one hour by plane, and one hour by truck.
“It simply means that health services must be accessible to our people.
“It means that an aid post, health centre, district hospital or provincial hospital or a specialist hospital must be within one hour reach by our people by 2025.”
Marape said that by 2025, the Government wanted to ensure that Papua New Guineans did not go overseas looking for health treatment that could be avoided with quality local health care.
“We worked hard to establish to invest into building the Port Moresby heart facility and the Lae cancer facility,” he said.
“We must now build more facilities for kidney and cancer treatment. Major demands for tertiary healthcare are in heart, kidney, and all forms of cancer.
“We must respond to this demand.
“We must be able to do open heart patient care, dialysis, and transplants in our facilities, complemented by highly trained professionals.”