When COVID-19 hit back at the start of 2020, it exposed a lot of issues within the country’s health sector that will need some drastic work to fix.
That is why the government is adamant to see through that the health sector is improved and ready for any major outbreaks in the future.
Prime Minister (PM) James Marape, when giving his New Year’s message, touched on that when saying that the government’s provincial hospital program is geared towards this.
“In the health sector we are starting specific provincial hospital program that will see firstly five of the sixteen provincial hospitals developed as we embark on a five year development program for our provincial hospital throughout our country.”
The PM said this program will also include the construction a special major referral hospital for Bougainville in the Autonomous Region.
“Our Port Moresby and Lae hospitals are now being developed to be specialists’ hospitals for heart, kidney, liver and cancer patients, and we are working also to fix and strengthen our medical schools and nursing collages to ensure we have enough trained medical personnel working in our country.”