K100,000 allocated for community health centre, MP says

Health Watch

KAVIENG MP Ian Ling-Stuckey has presented a K100,000 allocation for infrastructure development of New Hanover’s Umbukul sub-health centre in New Ireland.
Ling-Stuckey, who is also Papua New Guinea’s Treasurer, made a mock cheque presentation to the Kavieng development authority last week.
Ling-Stuckey told communities that the sub-health centre, when completed, would serve some 3,000 islanders.
Meanwhile, Ling-Stuckey warned his people in New Ireland that the coronavirus (Covid-19) was a dual killer.
“It kills on the health front, especially the elderly and those who were already sick,” he said.
“It also kills on the economic front.
“One of the benefits of our health programme has been the growth in payment of health workers, doctors and nurses.
“Another is the strong growth in capital investment to meet future health needs.”
Ling_Stuckey said the Government was looking at diverting some capital health expenditure towards goods and services expenditure to help the ongoing war on the Covid-19.
“I have acknowledged that too much red tape slowed vital cash into provincial health authorities earlier this year,” he said.
Ling-Stuckey said there was a massive new challenge facing the country.
“We can overcome it by helping each other even at the most basic level by wash our hands regularly, practising social distancing, staying home if sick and getting vaccinated when the opportunity arises,” he said.
“The Government will do its part by supporting the health sector along with international partners during critical new phase.”

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