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14 November 2018


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Lindsay F Bond

A political system that proports to govern a subject human population yet makes too feeble its actual response to human health predicaments, or worse, makes off with the proceeds that ought to have been provided and said to have been provided, such that humans are neglected or abused or ignored…that political system is beyond the bounds of human decency and invites ridicule and an emergent intervention. APEC leaders ought resist the gratuitous grandstanding and go to grapple with a joining of endeavour (multi-national or whatever) to bring sanity and certainty to health welfare administration and its delivery of creditable services in PNG urban and remoter places.

So…some will retort, “pigs fly” but disbelief is contributory to reported current failures of service delivery.

Not to be ignored is each illness which physically ails humans, as it were an enemy to health and life. In this year, one hundred years since the stalemate of a colossal war (1914-1918), commemoration must evolve into commensurate intention and engagement with the ignominy of preventable ill being abetted by incompetence, ignorance and infliction.

The ascription of ‘leaders’ ought apply only to persons addressing and acting to bring best resources and practices to aid health to all humans. To attempt less is a travail and ends in tragedy.

For MP Richard Masere, an airlift may have been at monetary expense to him or to others, and likely his predicament of malaria then would have incapacitated his ability to make a decision on payment. While noting joy of relief for MP Masere, readers will have less than joy in considering whether if at all, each person evidencing malarial symptoms in Oro Province is availed of an ‘airlift’ to Port Moresby.

Just so readers are aboard and not too sceptical, it should be stated that Oro Province has functioning health facilities, and reasonably recent upgrades and refurbishments. Other correspondents will have keener appreciation, but here it might be noted (and corrections are invited):
Popondetta Hospital has a new theatre wing, delayed in completion but an upgrade by Government,
Popondetta Top Town Clinic came from emergent help following the 2007 flooding events,
Oro Bay Hospital was refurbished and mainly by non-government funding
Saiho Health Centre was refurbished by government,
Tufi Health Centre largely rebuilt by government (yet lacks water supply),
Kokoda Hospital has non-government assistance largely because of tourist traffic,
Wanigela Health Centre is a non-government facility,
Manau Health Centre is a non-government facility.
Almost the entirety of the historic ‘aid-post’ facilities in Oro Province are dysfunctional or abandoned, which seems to have resulted from PNG governmental policy quite early after PNG Independence.

Each other Province of PNG will have reporting that tells much as here told of Oro Province.

Now, back to reality of need to focus on the crisis of medicine shortage. It’s immensely staggering.

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