HEALTH facilities in Papua New Guinea's Central need to be improved to meet the needs of the province, says provincial health chief executive officer Dr James Amini.
“Most of the facilities are not maintained well with rundown infrastructure, lack of basic equipment and significant gaps in manpower,” he said.
“The restoration and building of infrastructure and utilities are critical for safe and quality healthcare services and this requires a lot of resources and support from partners at all levels.
“Our mission is to improve health service delivery in the province, much of which comprises building health service capacity in terms of infrastructure, workforce and systems necessary to meet the needs of the province and in keeping with the National Health Plan and ensuring compliance with the National Health Service Standards.”
Dr Amini said that the Central PHA was established only three years ago and lacked many of the resources needed to function effectively.
“Central PHA was launched in 2019 as a new entity, being the last PHA under the Government’s health reform. In doing so, it took over the health service delivery from the provincial administration in whatever state it was at that point in time,” he said.
“The services comprised of only public health and primary care services.
“There was no provincial hospital nor any functional district hospital.
“Services adopted have been a network of 40 health centres and health sub-centres in addition to 97 aid posts, of which 43 were closed.
“Kwikila Hospital has assumed the role of the interim provincial hospital as a prerequisite to the establishment of a PHA for the province.
“Commencement of secondary curative health services began in January with the two general medical officers taking residence at the facility.”
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