Minister for Health

Minister brushes aside health crisis claims

Sir Puka said things are continuing to improve and the government is committed to improving the past situation Sir Mekere is referring to.

Sir Mekere claimed that the recent statements by Dr James Naipao, President of the National Doctors Association, and Professor Glen Mola from the Medical School, highlight urgent and serious issues that the Government is refusing to acknowledge or do anything about.

“The health system is in crisis – everyone knows that – but Peter O’Neill and Puka Temu are just letting people die or suffer,” the former Prime Minister said.

Over 290,000 children vaccinated

To date, more 299,683 children have been vaccinated.

PROVINCE

TARGET POPULATION

TOTAL VACCINATED

Morobe

108 670

126 312

PMGH to procure drugs

Minister for Health, Sir Puka Temu, said the Government has already set aside funding to carry out this project.

Speaking to the media after the official opening of the new TB clinic at PMGH yesterday, Sir Puka said the total funding is estimated at K15m to implement the project.

“We will be trialing this project and if it’s successful, we will be rolling it across the country,” stated Sir Puka.

“PM has already committed in supporting this project and has pledged to fund it in the coming years as well.”

Health minister clarifies circular

Sir Puka said the purpose of the circular, which has gone viral on social media, was for the Health Department to be consistent with its messaging to avoid fear and confusion in the community, especially on sensitive issues like the shortage of medical supplies.

Sir Puka said the circular had nothing to do with trying to avoid public scrutiny or suppressing people’s rights to freedom of speech.

“In every organisation, public or private, the head of the organisation is normally the official spokesperson,” the Minister said in a statement.

​K800,000 for St John’s Ambulance

This was announced by Minister for Health, Michael Malabag, yesterday in Port Moresby.

The Government recently gave K700,000 to the ambulance service and will settle the remaining funds soon.

Operating in PNG for the last 60 years, the funding for St. John’s will allow the ambulance to continue its services and to further expand its specialty functions.

St John’s Ambulance chief commissioner, Mollen Molki, thanked the Government for its support and said the community appreciates the vital services of St John’s paramedics.

Gerehu General Hospital launched with new board

Present to officiate the launching and swearing of the board was Secretary for the Department of Health, Pascoe Kase and Minister for Health, Michael Malabag.

The hospital has been without a board for a while and after today’s declaration, the hospital is now a stand-alone institution.

The hospital will stand away from NCD Health Services meaning that it will have a board of governors, a management team under the CEO.

Kase says NCD Health Services will be a different entity.