About 3290 rural health workers registered with the Christian Health Services PNG have good news for Christmas, they will now be on the Government payroll.
“Christian health workers will no longer wait for their pay anymore now that it is well secured”, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said this when launching the Christian Health Services Allesco payroll system last Thursday in Port Moresby.
“For far too long the issue of pay disparity has been haunting the Christian health workers and it is envisaged that with the launching, this issue will be a thing of the past”, Kase told the board of CHS and guests at the launching.
This comes as a result of years of negotiations between the board of the CHS, Health Department and the Department of Personnel Management to recognise the efforts of the Christian health workers.
“This means that workers will not waste time following up on their pay andwhen pay day comes they will get paid just like the public servants,” Pascoe said.
Almost 60 per cent of health service delivery by CHS reaches into the rural areas.
Chairman of CHS Kintak Wallace thanked Kase for his leadership in ensuring the delivery of the payroll system.
CHS chief executive Joseph Sika said they had 708 health facilities with a total workforce of 3290 plus three general nursing schools and 12 community health training schools in PNG.