Dr Lino Tom

Strong partnerships needed, says Dr Lino

On these visits, the minister presented K15 million from the Government Health Services Improvement Program, for provincial hospital infrastructure rehabilitation and upgrading; and witnessed the associated signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between the National Department of Health (NDoH) and Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs).

Shared efforts needed to achieve goals

Health Minister, Dr. Lino Tom officiated at the Plan launching on December 7.

The Health Minister said the blueprint for transformation of the public health sector is under implementation.

NDoH to address medicine shortage

Minister for Health, Dr Lino Tom said this is part of a 100-day plan upon taking office, which highlighted key performance indicators including ICT reforms, increasing the numbers of medical workers and improving the medicine supply system.

In the short term;

Health worker gap outlined

Health Minister, Dr Lino Tom, expressed concern that PNG’s population growth is exceeding the government’s ability to cater to its citizens.

The gap between health workers and the populace keeps widening, with one doctor catering to 20,000 people.

However, if we are to go by the United Nation’s population estimate of 15 to 17 million, the ratio would be 1 health worker to 30,000 people.

“That’s why when I became the Health Minister, with the assistance of the Prime Minister, we are trying to bridge this gap,” he stated.

Pharmaceutical needs to be discussed

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Justin Tkatchenko, stated that Health Minister, Dr Lino Tom, will be a part of the bilateral discussion when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in PNG.

Tkatchenko stated that India is one of the biggest producers of medicine and chemicals in the world and PNG need to discuss on working directly with manufacturers for the benefit of supplying good quality medicine for the people.

Dr Tom Visits Rural Maramuni

The MP had initiated this project and made this visit as part of his campaign activity for the Wabag Open seat. 

They came running down from mountain tops, gardens and huts to greet him. The Kayamatok people of Maramuni were happy their local MP was visiting, as part of his campaign walk to nominate for another contest of the Wabag Open Seat.

Invest in our children: Minister

The minister was speaking during the official opening of Tanam SDA Primary School’s new classroom in Morobe Province.

A new four-in-one double classroom, worth K300,000, was opened at the Tanam SDA Primary School on Thursday, May 20th.

The Wampar LLG infrastructure was funded by the National Fisheries Authority under its corporate social responsibility pillar.

Fisheries Minister, Dr Lino Tom, said after receiving a request from the head master, they went to the Huon Gulf district and determined that there was, indeed, a need for a classroom.

Sea cucumber industry to be reserved for locals: Minister

Fisheries Minister, Dr Lino Tom, made this known during the signing of a memorandum of agreement in Lae.

The Morobe Provincial Government and National Fisheries Authority signed a memorandum of agreement on Friday, the 31st of July, at the Lae International Hotel.

The MOA will facilitate income generation for Morobe Province. Fisheries Minister, Dr Tom, said this aligns with the national government’s policy as well as his key performance indicator, which is to ensure the average Papua New Guinean experiences tangible benefits.  

Proper checks needed for foreign medical 'experts'

Member for Wabag, Dr Lino Tom, raised this issue today during the Parliament session.

Dr Tom said a lot of concern has been raised regarding the quality of work from foreign medical experts.

"It is a strict requirement elsewhere in the world for doctors to be accredited properly to be able to work in foreign countries."

He said currently the country has no medical board examination.

A board like that would have properly examined overseas trained medical professionals coming into the country, and conducted appropriate board accreditation examinations.

Wabag MP focuses on SME, education

Dr Tom said his policies are simple and focus is on key development aspects.

Promoting SMEs, mainly in agriculture, is to cater for the number of constituents who are not able to continue formal education.

He revealed that the District Development Authority has made a policy focused on this aspect and that budgetary allocation will be made.

“Those people who can’t make it to schools and institutions, they should engage themselves in SME, especially agriculture, because I see agriculture as the fairest SME that is available to us today,” Dr Tom stated.