By JACOB MARCOS –NDoH senior journalist
THE demand for health in PNG is increasing and the Government’s enigma to raise the health standard services delivery is taking strategic toll.
The way to go is by fulfilling some of their priority areas like the free primary health care and subsidised specialist services, health systems strengthening, provincial health authority rollout and more under the National Health Plan 2011-2020.
Despite, financial situations, the department (NDoH) is going through ebb and flow to make health services available to the people, especially reaching out to the rural majority and urban disadvantaged.
A classic example of bringing health services closer is the creation of the provincial health authority (PHA) Act 27 under the National Health Standard Services (NHSS) which provides the blueprint for improving the quality of health services in PNG.
That allows for one health system across a single province.
Its purpose is to improve health service delivery and ease the manner in which health services can be delivered at the provincial level through streamlining the government health services.
Commendably, the community health posts (CHP) and expanded hospital services for the future is of core concerns for the PHA and proven to be successful after the Milne Bay, Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands.
One of the fine products of health system strengthening is the new CHPs Bubuleta CHP, about 40km from Alotau town in Milne Bay.
I visited that place under the direction of department deputy Health Secretary- NHSS, Dr Paison Dakulala, while at the 52nd Medical Symposium in Alotau recently.
I was impressed by the settings of that CHP and its fantastic looks.
The technical equipment and amenities of the Bubuleta health facility covers some of the high-class clinical services including supervised births for mothers, health checks and immunisations for their children, early treatment of emergency conditions and health promotion and education activities in the catchment population of 10,000.
A similar type of facility is also being built in other parts of the Milne Bay, at Gurney and the Trobriand Islands.
This facility is the first to be completed in PNG by the NDoH through its Rural Primary Health Service Delivery Project (RPHSDP).
The total cost of those buildings in Bubuleta and the equipment is close to K5 million.
All those projects would have not been possible and successful without the support of the Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Asia Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Opec Fund for International Development (OFID), World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Unicef that have supported this initiative and project.
The contribution of partners ensured that the project was sustained and had the technical support, according Dr Dakulala.
He also highlighted that the CHP strengthens the Milne Bay PHA, structure and the mechanism provide a greater avenue and sustainability on the current demand for healthcare service delivery programmes within the community and province.
“Their contribution towards the current healthcare programmes is highlighted by their continued support towards the Department of Health assisting within various capacities and programmes by providing effective healthcare service systems,” Kase said.
He said such facilities would assist PHA in providing a better healthcare service to the Bubuleta community and the province.
This CHP has paved a new dawn and era within the medical fraternity in PNG and more of such is anticipated to glimmer PHA in its health service delivery.
After hearing much about it, Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag had to make time available to see the facility and declared Bubuleta as the best during the Medical Symposium.
By JACOB MARCOS –NDoH senior journalist