Health secretary concerned over doctor’s assault

Health Secretary Pascoe Kase has expressed concern over the assault of Dr Dean Wahembari, a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat doctor at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Kase said he is alarmed that this has happened to a highly valued member of the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Without commenting on the actions that that led to the unfortunate event, Kase confirmed the situation is now a matter for the Royal Papua New Guinea Police and the Courts to deal with.

The Secretary asked people in the community to reflect on this incident and put themselves in the place of health workers nationwide who dedicate their lives every day to provide health care for Papua New Guineans.

Kase added situations like these create anxiety and fear amongst other health workers.

He stressed that it is timely for everyone in the community to think about the important role that health workers play in saving lives and appreciate and treat members of our health system with respect and courtesy.

This approach should extend to all people providing public services whether by the Government or private companies.

Carolyn Ure