Contractors’ lack of commitment appalling

Member for Nuku, Joe Sungi, is appalled by the lack of commitment shown by some logistic contractors engaged by the Health Department in delivering health kits to provincial and rural health centres.

Yesterday in parliament, Sungi asked the Health Minister to clarify the terms of these contracts.

Sungi raised this issue in parliament after the contractor engaged to deliver medical supplies to Vanimo Hospital in West Sepik Province abandoned the kits at Wewak, East Sepik Province.

Health Minister Sir Puka Temu in response said this should not be the case.

He said logistics contractors should deliver directly to the health facilities, even in rural aid posts.

To address such problems in the future, Temu said they will ensure the Provincial Health Authority takes over the responsibility of distribution.

This will be captured in the health reform.

For now, Sir Puka said if a contractor does not meet its terms as agreed in the contracts, that contractor must be reported to the department.

(Member for Nuku, Joe Sungi, in parliament yesterday)

Charmaine Poriambep