THE third national health plan of 2011-20 consultative workshop that aims to have a single national plan to strengthen primary health care for all and improve service delivery to the rural and urban areas is underway in Madang this week.
The national health plan 2001-10 expires next year and the secretariat was to have a new draft which is expected to be the pillar of effective, affordable and achieveable health plan.
Executive manageress of strategic policy with the National Department of Health Elizabeth Gumbaketi said the vision for the plan was to prosper the nation in health and ensure the provision of affordable, accessible, equitable and quality health services for all citizens and for the future generation.
She added that the mission of the plan was to provide improved and transformed quality health care and health services through innovative approaches while supporting primary health care and health system development and good governance at all levels.
Ms Gumbaketi said the former health plan was unachievable because the plan exceeded the actual budget allocations to fund and make it work.
She said the plan would basically address and meet the challenges of the next decade and was more focused on specific priority areas affecting the nation.
The workshop ends today and the final consultative workshop for NGI will be held in Kimbe, West New Britain.