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Port Moresby Healthy Services Healthy Lives and Healthy City

14th Aug, 20

SEVENTY percent of health services and facilities in the city is provided by the private sector, including the church agencies.

The public sector only provides the balance which partly takes into account the country’s largest referral Port Moresby General Hospital- not to mention the absence of a provincial hospital.

They were run and managed by NCD Health under the National Department of Health. under the previous legal and policy framework, and arrangements, the Municipal government did not have any control over the health sector despite falling under its jurisdiction.  

It used to become its huge challenge to intervene to improve the status quo. Unaffordability and unreliability of health services both in private and public-run clinics and hospitals, population growth, untimely distribution of medicines, unskilled labour, lack of modern state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, under financial resource, outdated infrastructure, patients dying from curable diseases, unhealthy lifestyle and non-preventive healthcare amongst the people-have contributed to a disastrous situation for the effective and efficient delivery of health services in the city.

The access to health services is gradually becoming an exclusive club for those who can afford and it is no longer being regarded as a right.  The establishment of private health clinics has proliferated to capitalise on the weaknesses on the part of the government.  

If what has been threading on both the social and the mainstream media about the municipal health sector is any indication, many indigenous Motu Koitabuans, city residents and others have lost trust and confidence in the municipal health service delivery and provision. 

SEVENTY percent of health services and facilities in the city is provided by the private sector, including the church agencies.

The public sector only provides the balance which partly takes into account the country’s largest referral Port Moresby General Hospital- not to mention the absence of a provincial hospital.

They were run and managed by NCD Health under the National Department of Health. under the previous legal and policy framework, and arrangements, the Municipal government did not have any control over the health sector despite falling under its jurisdiction.  

It used to become its huge challenge to intervene to improve the status quo. Unaffordability and unreliability of health services both in private and public-run clinics and hospitals, population growth, untimely distribution of medicines, unskilled labour, lack of modern state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, under financial resource, outdated infrastructure, patients dying from curable diseases, unhealthy lifestyle and non-preventive healthcare amongst the people-have contributed to a disastrous situation for the effective and efficient delivery of health services in the city.

The access to health services is gradually becoming an exclusive club for those who can afford and it is no longer being regarded as a right.  The establishment of private health clinics has proliferated to capitalise on the weaknesses on the part of the government.  

If what has been threading on both the social and the mainstream media about the municipal health sector is any indication, many indigenous Motu Koitabuans, city residents and others have lost trust and confidence in the municipal health service delivery and provision.