OVER the last few weeks, this column has seen many people coming out to voice their concerns regarding the appointment of the new POMGH chief executive officer.
Some are for the appointment while others are against it.
Interestingly, I admire the approach taken by the two people who, I might say, are central figures in ensuring the POMGH has a CEO, chairman of the POMGH board Sir Brian Bell and Health secretary Dr Clement Malau.
Both have not said anything, especially against two prominent people in the medical fraternity – Dr Mathias Sapuri from the PNG Medical Society and Dr Kauve Pomat, president of the National Doctors Association, who have spoken against the appointment.
Sir Brian and Dr Malau’s stance speaks volume about the maturity they possess in handling a delicate case like this.
Their stance also is a reflection on the Government’s policies, processes and systems on appointment by merit.
It also cements the confidence they have in the new appointee.
Sam Vegogo has proven to be an effective manager on finance, facilities, human resources, structures and all the other resources of the two small hospitals which he served in management roles.
Now, if he has served these two small hospitals with distinction, why not give him the big one to handle?
This is not to say Dr Alphonse Tay did poorly, it is just unfortunate that he did not deliver the goods as a CEO.
For now, let’s all rally behind the new CEO, let him give it a go and see how he fares.
If he delivers the goods, let him stay. If he fails, he goes.