PNG not a place to be sick in!

April 13, 2011 at 7:29 am (Michael Somare) (, , )

It’s interesting to reflect on Sir Michael Somare being in Singapore for a medical check-up. Not that I blame him for that, but I do blame his government and a succession of others since independence for allowing the health service in the country to be appallingly rundown.

Most government hospitals in PNG are in a state of disrepair, and the delivery of health services in rural area, where it exists, is mainly provided by NGOs.

The likes of Sir Michael are fortunate to have the means to go overseas for medical treatment.

At independence Australia left PNG with a Department of Health that provided, at least, basic health care to the whole population, and a system of sub-district, district, and regional hospitals that could be accessed by most of the population. This medical infrastructure was by no means perfect, but it was a practicable and functioning deliverer of health services in the country that has been allowed to deteriorate.

I hope Sir Michael gets first class care in Singpore but I would much rather he was able to get first class care in PNG.

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