Simbu to amalgamate health boards

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SIMBU province wants to be the next province to amalgamate the two health boards in the province to one provincial health authority.
Provincial administrator Joe Kunda made this known to visiting Chief Secretary Manasupe Zurenouc inside one of the newly constructed wards at Chuave hospital in Simbu province yesterday.
Mr Kunda wants a complete restructure in how health affairs are managed, which would include qualified doctors to be based in some of the rural hospitals in the province.
“We should restructure the current system to have doctors work in rural hospitals like Chuave. The current system does not provide for doctor’s positions in rural hospitals,” Mr Kunda said.
Mr Zurenouc said three provinces, Western, Eastern Highlands and Milne Bay had already amalgamated provincial health board and hospital boards into one provincial health authority, and Simbu would be next.
Mr Zurenouc led a delegation into Kundiawa yesterday and visited the development of Chuave rural hospital.
Chuave MP Jim Nomane allocated K1.5 million of his DSIP funds to improve the service provided.
Mr Nomane said health was a big concern in the country and he was fully aware of health problems in Chuave district.
He said he would develop the hospital for his people.