Health Minister Zibe’s vicious attack on Dr Glen Mola
Health Minister Sasa Zibe sent a vicious email to Dr Glen Mola on April 27th after the good Doctor expressed his misgivings about the governments plans for its extravagant Pacific Health Centre.
The government is proposing to build the Pacific Health Centre outside Port Moresby at a cost of some K500 million while regional hospital are left to crumble and the rural health system collapses from a lack of government funding.
Zibe, in his stinging attack told Dr Mola he should be ashamed of himself as a clinician and health educator as PNG’s health indicators are some of the worst in the world, conveniently forgetting of course the government’s woeful underfunding of the health system and the tireless efforts of health workers who struggle on in appalling conditions.
The Ministers email is reproduced in full below so all PNG can see the quality of the leadership the Minister is providing and in the probably vain hope the Minister might both apologize and reconsider the government’s commitment to the PMC project.
——– Original Message ——–
|Subject:||FW: PNG Launch of Pacific Medical Center (PMC) Project (in 3rd week of May or earlyJune 2010?) – when PM is Available|
|Date:||Tue, 27 Apr 2010 17:15:50 +1000|
|From:||Hon. Sasa Zibe <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Dear Professor Mola
You seems to be very skeptical about PMC.
You can say what ever you want in the media about PMC, you are just only wasting your time and breath.
Your days are over and you will soon retire and head down under where everything is ready for your retirement. I will dwell with my problems and so, let me fix the problems and issues in the way I think is best for me.
Your advice on health issues are out of date.
Why, I am making this statement because same advice you had given to the current health Managers of PNG Health Work Force are fortunately or unfortunately your students whom you taught and advised them to implement health care issues seems to have been struggling to implement your advice over the years.
Look at our health indicators – the worst in the world! you should be ashamed of yourself as an educator and advisor in the health sector.
Your very students whom you taught and advised are struggling to implement the health care services in PNG.
This problem is not created overnight and can not be fixed over night. I blame you and John Vince for these problems because you were or you are still a Advisor to PNG Health Sector. How long have you guys been advising the health workforce in this country?
It is about time that we will find our own solutions and new advisors to the problems you have created over the years.
Now, let me make this very clear to you!!! Don’t bother to waste your time because Paul and I will not listen to your outdated advice.
We will build PMC with or with out you and your cronies.
Minister for Health.