Saturday, July 18, 2015

Women Petition Hospital Management

Source: The National, Wednesday July 15th, 2015

WOMEN’S groups in Porgera, Enga, are calling on the Government to take over the Porgera Hospital which is operating as a private institution.
More than 3000 members of the 12 women’s groups in Porgera-Paiala last month petitioned the Department of Health to look into the future of the hospital when the Porgera mine ends its operation.
The women are members of the district council of women, special mining lease-affected women association, Paiala-Hewa Women Association, Mt Kare Women Association, Porgera Red Wara Women Association, Public Servants Women Association, Porgera Urban Women Association and SDA Women Association.
They claimed that because of no funding from the Porgera Development Authority, the hospital management and directors had decided to reduce its operation.
Porgera District Women Association president Maria Kensary said the women’s groups were united and wanted the Government to respond to their petition. “This is the only major service we have,” she said.
“We want this to become a public hospital as we are concerned about the people of Porgera.”
PDA director Opis Yandapake said the hospital was established under the Porgera mine agreement but there was no source of funding.
Yandapake said the authority had been using its Special Support Grant and Mining Agreement funds from the Government to fund the hospital in the past 25 years.

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