BY ALE ASA
THE Enga Health Authority has sworn in its new board members in Wabag.
Evan Paki was sworn in as chairman and John Iso as his deputy. The other members are Francis Possy representing the Department of Health, Terry Kome and Timothy Andabo representing local business, Dr David Mills representing churches, Sabeth Yangis representing women, Don Ango and Bob Angaun representing the community and Dr Samson Amean as ex-officio member. All will serve for three years.
Enga Provincial Health Authority chief executive officer, Aaron Luai, said the new board would contribute ideas to further move the health service to the people of the province.
Mr Luai thanked the Health Department for fully supporting health infrastructure and other important health facilities improvement in the province for the last termof
“Big thank you to the department for its support since we received the authority on Apr 28, 2014. And since then with extra support of Enga provincial government and the administration with other donor funding agencies, we have made magnificent achievements in the health sector,” he said.
Mr Luai said one of the major achievements in his term was the major restructure drive that created a thousand plus positions that have been approved by the department.
He said others included the opening of four community health posts at Porea, Monokam, Tukusanda and Kassi.
“I have the trust in this new board to come in with their vast experience to make this province become the top in delivering quality health services,” Mr Luai said.
He said Enga now has district hospitals at Kompiam, Porgera, Kandep, Wapenamanda, Wabag and the new international standard provincial hospital now under construction.
Mr Luai said he was happy with Governor Sir Peter Ipatas’ leadership and his drive to develop health services in the province.
The new board chairman Mr Paki thanked Sir Peter Ipatas and the health authority for having confidence in him to head the board.
However, he said his appointment should not just be the head of the post but he will also work using his experiences to bring changes and development in terms of health services to the province.
“I want to be in the team, not spending time, attending meetings, collecting allowances and so forth but I want to be in the team that brings change and development to give better health services. We will not work in favour of anybody but in favour of delivering services. We should be working in obligation sense and not with pride. Also being ambassador in US for nine years and advising government on developing purposes, I am proud to give back to my home province,” he said.