Another doctor attacks ‘super hospital’ idea
Dr Leslie Bahn Kawa, a physician at the Port Moresby General hospital has gone on the record to attack claims made about the government’s ‘super hospital’ by its organising committee
The Pacific Medical Centre committee’s claims are “pompous, glaringly superficial and lack total substance”, says the doctor, the committee is trying to “ply on the gullibility of the public on this health hub”, its “statements are baseless” and intended “to delude the public”.
The truth is the proposed PMC will drain funds from the public health development funds to support its establishment and operations.
PMC is destined to destruct and not transform the health services at all levels in PNG as claimed by PMC proponents.
The committee is fictitiously stating that the project is not for profit. How will our government, the only financial contributor as it seems in its arguments, continue to support a high class expensive hospital when it cannot sustain the public health system with K180 million?
Why is the committee so adamant that the government commits money to run a parallel heath system when the current system is in dire straits?
Dr Mathias Sapuri is a private practitioner and it is illogical he calls the shots for a public enterprise-funded from the state’s coffers. What are his interests in this project?
PNG has medical teaching and research institutions that are in dire need of capital investments to improve their capacities and networking to carry out researches and teaching, a fact that PMC committee cannot deny. Its assertion that PMC will be become the centre of training is also misleading and fictitious.
The medical fraternity has unanimously rejected the PMC concept.
The O&G Society, the Paediatrics Society, the Surgical Society, the Physicians’ Society and other societies have individually rejected the PMC concept in the last medical symposium in Wewak.
In that meeting, Sapuri was removed as chairman of the PNG Medical Society
We, in the medical fraternity, know the evidences available but the PMC committee has allowed for political expediency over these fundamental facts at the expense of the majority’s health.