The National, Monday October 14th, 2013
By ADAM MERA
THE national nurses symposium is approaching and the Nursing Association is desperately looking for funding.
Association president Einu Kaptigan said they had raised K100,000 so far but that was not enough to cover expenses.
The annual symposium, now in its 12th year, will be held in Mendi, Southern Highlands, from Nov 4 to 8.
Nurses meet at the symposiums to present their research on subjects chosen by the association.
The themes are directed at improving service delivery.
“Most of the money raised so far is from contributions made by nurses themselves,” she said.
“I acknowledge those who have contributed and have pledged money towards the symposium and assure them that their money is being put to good use.”
Kaptigan was disappointed with the health ministry’s response to the symposium.
“The ministry committed K100,000 to the doctors’ symposium but only pledged to give us K10,000,” she said.
“What makes us any less important to be given a smaller assistance?
“The national health plan places emphasis on primary health of which we are at the frontline.”
She said the focus of the national health plan was on primary health in which nurses were central in its delivery.
“Thus, the ministry should show more support for their symposium.”
The association will be hosting a dinner in Port Moresby to raise money.
“A table costs K10,000, while individuals will have to pay K1,000 each to attend,” she said.
Kaptigan said invitations had been sent out and high-profile figures were expected to attend.
“The governor and most probably all MPs in Southern Highland will be there.”
She said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill might attend because the symposium would be held in his province.