Lack of govt funding cripples service

The National, Tuesday July 19th, 2016

THE Government allocates “peanuts” to  Morobe health to execute immunisation and the annual funding never makes any impact in the lives of children and mothers in the province, health adviser Jack Aita says.
Aita told The National at Situm that Morobe needed K3.2 million to execute four rounds of the mother-child immunisation programme.
He said it would cost K800,000 to implement a round to cover nine Morobe districts for tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoea and coughs.
“The government is serious about protecting the population (up to 14 years old) and pregnant mothers in the country,” Aita said.
Aita said he was critical over unfair budget allocations for  health programmes during health meetings.
“Smaller provinces were allocated huge amounts while Morobe was allocated less than K2 million.”