EAST Sepik Governor Allan Bird says six foreign doctors will be brought to work at the Sir Michael Somare Memorial Hospital in Wewak.
Bird said this would increase the number of doctors in the province from 36 to 42.
The governor said that his administration was improving health services incrementally and although it did not seem like a big change the additional doctors would help boost healthcare.
Bird said the increase in doctors was facilitated with the help of the World Bank.
He added that his administration would also commit K10 million annually for the maintenance of various health facilities in the province.
Bird conceded that development in the province was slow and this was due in large part to the administrative processes which followed guidelines and strictures for approval.
“We have no issue with the money because this year’s budgets have increased due to the increase of internal revenue through people engaging in vanilla,” he said.
“It’s the system that is delaying us.”
Bird added that schools in the province were performing well with three secondary schools named in the top 10 nationally.
“In terms of roads, projects are underway as contracts will soon be awarded to the contractors,” he said.
“Road maintenance in town areas is already in progress and soon be completed.”
Bird also said the joint district planning and budget priorities committee (JDP and BPC) had allocated K12 million to build two new police barracks in Maprik and Wewak as well as a new police station and a single barracks for Wewak. “We have also started an affordable water supply project with the help of Hope World Wide and we now have about 7,000 families using clean water.”
Bird said his administration had sent the first 30 young people to Australia to work as labourers, from his observation, the country’s economic structure was not capable of creating jobs for all the young people.
“I want to make the most out of it and send as many young people as possible,” he said.
“Make use of the opportunity when you are out there.
“Don’t think your future is only in PNG, you are citizens of the world and must aim high.”
Bird added that he believed in youth gaining experience outside the province and coming back to help educate those in the villages.
“The government will do its part, but we must also abide by the law.”
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