Health facilities to be reviewed


THE Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reform and Service Delivery will be reviewing all health facilities in the National Capital District.
Committee chairman Elias Kapavore told reporters in Port Moresby yesterday that the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) was supposed to be operating as a level seven specialist hospital.
“According to the information from the Department of Health and National Health Service Standards, it is a level seven on record with the books but we need to conduct a survey,” he said.
Kapovore said the committee had instructed Health Minister Michael Malabag and Health Secretary Pascoe Kase to conduct an accredited survey to establish the current realities and gaps.
He said from this survey, the committee would make recommendations to improve the health services at PMGH.
“There’s a lot of congestion at the moment and we’d like to find out (how many) health facilities are in each of the electorates in NCD,” Kapavore said.
“Establishing how many health facilities are here (NCD), the kind of workers who are in these places, the structures that are in place and where does NCDC come in.
“There must be a clear pathway to lead to some kind of referral to PMGH.”

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