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Scrap plans to build PMC

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Jujito Tubana

THE plan to build the Pacific Medical Centre is a waste of taxpayers’ money. As such, it should be withdrawn immediately.

My question is simple: “Why spend so much money to build this facility when all the main hospitals, rural health centres and aid posts do not have medicine or lack supply?

The Port Moresby General Hospital, the nation’s largest hospital, does not have the following:

  1. A properly equipped labour ward for expecting mothers;
  2. The emergency ward is a death trap as there are inadequate emergency facilities;
  3. There are not enough doctors and nurse on standby; and
  4. Many patients have died while waiting to be served.

We have to improve our current primary health care facilities before wasting money on such a facility which will only be used by politicians, businessmen, corporate clients and the rich.

Why build a state-of-the-art hospital when the majority of the population cannot afford to pay private clinic fees?

That money should rather be spent to improve and upgrade all major hospitals in PNG and improve rural health services.

  1. October 29, 2010 at 9:28 am

    PMGH has its faults but it does the best it can and even better with the limited money it has access to. It is the final stop for many people rejected by other hospitals in the country and even hospitals in NCD.

    In my opinion trying to duplicate what is already available will just dilute the already limited resources. If there are not enough doctors, for example, at PMGH where are the doctors going to come from for the Pacific Medical Centre? Nurses and ther support staff?

  2. POMIX
    October 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Every time you and your allies put your time into campaigning against Pacific Medical Centre on the internet INSTEAD of putting yet another letter or advert into our natinoal newspapers, you speak to a diminished audience. Sasa Zibe would be delighted to see an all-out internet campaign because he, like the rest of the Somare government, knows that focusing on the internet leaves the vast majority of Papua New Guineans, even in the towns, unaware of the serious problems with this hairbrained medical centre idea. If you want to be effective, you have to reach the people with this information and the internet will fail in that effort. I’ve seen few letters to the editor or other articles in the last few weeks against the centre. Why? Is it because everyone has rushed to reach the few thousand Papua New Guineans on the internet (and I’m being very very generous with that estimate!).

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