By LUKE KAMA
HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase says rural health centres are managed by provincial governments and not the Health Department.
Kase was responding to reports that more than 10 rural health centres run and operated by the Catholic Church had scaled down operations in Chimbu due to a lack of funding.
It had caused the increase in patients flocking to the Kundiawa General Hospital for treatment.
Hospital chief executive officer Mathew Kaluvia said they were more like a referral hospital and received patients from around the country.
He called on the Government to provide more funding, manpower and medical supplies to the hospital to cope with the extra load. However, Kase said the hospital would have to rely on what it had.
“We normally get money from Treasury and release them to the hospitals. At the moment, we have not received any money,” he said.
“For staffing, the hospital has a CEO and a board that will be able to manage their own manpower issues.”
Kase said rural health services were managed by provincial governments.
“Provincial administrations look after rural health services. The Health Department doesn’t look after them,” he said.
“The money goes straight to the provincial governments and they give them out to the rural health centres.”
By LUKE KAMA