10 Jul 2006

Half of PNG capital's clinics closed

1:15 pm on 10 July 2006

The Papua New Guinea Health Minister says about half the urban health clinics in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea are closed.

The Post Courier newspaper says Sir Peter Barter visited the health clinics late last week to familiarise himself with the delivery of health services in the NCD.

He said it was unacceptable the clinics were closed, which were the result of a variety of reasons, including lack of security of staff.

He told the newspaper the access to roads, medical supplies, transportation and professional medical officers should mean the NCD has the best health delivery service in the country.

Sir Peter said he planned to set up a task force to see how the NGO's and church health agencies could help secure community health services.

He said he was intent on firstly solving the problem in Port Moresby before moving on to establish provincial health boards.