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‘Central hospital needs help’

BY GRACE AUKA-SALMANG

CENTRAL Provincial Health Authority has a lot of issues that need to be solved from human resources, facilities and many other things like logistics, infrastructures, according to CPHA chief executive officer Dr James Amini.

He said this when speaking as a beneficiary of the EPIC Vaccine Project at its close out event recently.

Dr Amini when sharing CPHA’s success stories and lessons learned reflected on its challenges and acknowledged partners and stakeholders that contributed to the success of the project in Central Province.

“We do not have a curative health system that is functional at the moment and the referral system is weak. We do not have a hospital yet and Central people sit outside the Port Moresby General Hospital with their tents.

“The infrastructures are run down and we have started building up the accounting and human resource division,” he said.

He said 80 to 90 per cent of CPHA workforce is Community Health Workers (CHWs).

There is only 20 nursing officers for the province and six doctors on board for the first time.

“The health centres which are level three hospitals are mend by CHW.

“This is an issue and we have been given an organisational structure which the Health Department gave before we came on board and we need to review that.

“All these will be made possible through the partnerships with donor agencies and other partners.

“I need help and would assist in those areas. The Kwikila Health Centre to be a Provincial Hospital.

“Our people of Central province will not go to Port Moresby and Gerehu to seek medical treatment but can seek treatment at Kwikila hospital while we build our new hospital at Bautama which we have allocated 50 hectares of land.

“This gives us the opportunity to start building our 250 bed hospital at Bautama as it is important to build those hospitals in our own land,” he said.

Because the land mass is huge, Mr Agarobe also proposed to set up a nursing college in partnership with the health department.

The Central PHA is the 18th to be declared under the 2007 PHA Act.

“I am aware that we have issues with the staff, accommodation, facilities are not fully up to date.

“The governor and the team, have made a commitment of K5 million to get necessary things moving forward,” Elias Kapavore said.

He said the people of Central Province should use the facilities in Kwikila hospital first before they can be referred to other places.

“Central Provincial Hospital should not be built in NCD but it must be built in Central as it is a requirement under the law that every district must have their own district hospital and every province must have their own provincial hospitals.