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Media Release

Minister for Health, Sir Puka Temu, says his instructions to stop senior health officials speaking publicly about health issues was not intended to stop them from holding a view on issues they felt strongly about.

Sir Puka said the purpose of the circular, which has gone viral on social media, was for the Health Department to be consistent with its messaging to avoid fear and confusion in the community, especially on sensitive issues like the shortage of medical supplies.

Sir Puka said the circular had nothing to do with trying to avoid public scrutiny or suppressing people’s rights to freedom of speech.

“In every organisation, public or private, the head of the organisation is normally the official spokesperson,” the Minister said in a statement.

“In the case of the Health Ministry and the Department of Health, I will handle policy issues while the Secretary will deal with the administrative matters in terms of public comment.”

Sir Puka said all staff employed by the Department or working in public hospitals were on the public payroll and their first priority should be to serve the government of the day.

Sir Puka added that he has an “open door policy” and he is keen to hear the views of all those who wish to improve the health system.

He explained that within the health system, there were multiple avenues for staff to register issues and concerns with their supervisors, senior management, hospital and PHA boards, public seminars and other mechanisms.

Sir Puka said in the case of the shortage of medical supplies, he has already given instructions to the Department of Health to quickly resolve the issues.

“We now have medical supplies arriving in government stores throughout the country.

“Just recently, I secured K16 million in additional funding to procure medical kits for aid posts and health centres.

“I have directed the Department to settle all outstanding bills and next week I intend to approach Cabinet again with a further request for funds to address these issues.”

Sir Puka said health is an important priority of the Government and features prominently in the Alotau Accord Mark II.  The Minister has asked the Department, as part of his First 100 Days Plan, to develop a two-year procurement program so that the shortage of medical supplies becomes a thing of the past.

Kase explains medicine contract

August 17th, 2017 | The National

HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase says the K57.7 million contract awarded to Borneo Pacific Pharmaceutical Limited is for the procurement of medical kits for health centres and aid posts across the country.
Kase explained that when signing the contract at Government House in Port Moresby recently.
Health Support Workers Association general secretary Jack Suao this week questioned the firm’s selection, saying the health minister should review its engagement.
“The reappointment of Borneo to continue the supply of medicines in hospitals is not in the best interest because the firm has already been implicated for its poor supply and management as proven over the last couple of months, hospitals faced serious drug shortage problems,” Suao said.
“There are other similar service providers who can do competitive work and deliver medicines on time.”
But Kase told The National earlier that the firm was awarded the contract through a tender process.
“For one year, Borneo will supply medicine kits to the whole country, something that they have done before and they did a good job,” he said.

Training for non-communicable diseases prevention in AROB


The National Department of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) are currently conducting a planning and training workshop for health workers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

And the region is the first in Papua New Guinea that the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is being piloted in.

Secretary of the ABG Department of Health Mr Clement Totavun said this workshop comes with a package of essential care for Non Communicable Diseases and it will help the ABG Health Department design appropriate interventions to prevent such infections.

Mr Totavun said PNG and Bougainville is faces a huge issue of NCD’s as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases and many other non-communicable diseases.

He said the package will assist the department to come up with developing implementation plan on how to control NCD, to look at essential medicines and devices to use in the care of NCD, look at roles of workers within the department and will help the ABG Health department develop a operating manuel for NCD that will be used in health centres, aid post and hospitals.

“The ABG is assisting with the approval of K200, 000.00 and WHO with the technical and funding assistance and the National Government is assisting with technical assistance,” said Mr Totavun.

He said the pilot screening program that was completed in June this year all throughout the region and data analysis is currently being done and the results will be presented to the governments and WHO and then the program can be extended.