NDA pleased with response to WHP Health Authority petition

The National Doctors Association (NDA) is pleased with the response by the Government to the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) petition presented in Parliament on February 9.

The petition highlighted allegation of corruption and mismanagement at Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority.

NDA along with the PNG Nurses Association have expressed their appreciation and gratitude to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who effectively responded to their petition.

O’Neill made the decision and directed that Chairman of WHPHA, David Guinn to step aside and that a new Board be constituted and assembled, and a new chief executive officer appointed by this 'new' Board.

NDA president Dr James Naipao congratulated O’Neill for listening to the call of the health workers who raise the issues at WHPHA on behalf of the people as well.

Naipao said, “It was a fight that the workers took on board on behalf of them and the sick.

“The new board and new chairman and new CEO must all work together to deliver quality and efficient health services in Mt Hagen and throughout WHP.”

Other resolutions and steps to take put forward by O’Neill include:

- Two vehicles to purchase for nurses 'for pick up and drop off' on duty nurses.

-Persons from Angau and PMGH to go to Hagen Hospital to take stock of services and inadequacies, and correct them immediately. Emergency works to proceed.

-Nurses accommodation will be built. NDoH to assist on this. Will happen with direction.

O’Neill highlighted that the new Hagen Hospital will take time to be built so now current hospital must be in operation to deliver its intended function. 

Quintina Naime