If you can’t arrest the PM, GET OUT OF THE WAY!


Dear Gary Baki, 
As Commissioner of Police, your job is to uphold the laws of this country. Your actions say otherwise. Justice Makail stated very clearly that the laws are for everyone INCLUDING  the person who holds the office of the PM.  I repeat… The Office of the PM. You have done little to safeguard both the PM’s office and the COP’s office which, ultimately, belong to the citizens of Papua New Guinea. 

Why can’t you do your duty? Are you afraid of losing your job? 

Jerry Singirok demanded the resignation of Sir Julius as PM. He lost his job and gained support of millions of people. 

We expect you to do the right thing. We don’t want watered down press statements and excuses. 

You are a cop. Make the arrest!

Health Department media release says ‘Free’ Health Care is in trouble

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This is a statement released by the National Department of Health. It says  that health facilities are having difficulty staying open because of a shortage of funds.

THE Government’s central agencies have been told in no uncertain terms that the financial crisis facing the health sector will mean some services have to be closed down unless funds come somewhere.

On Wednesday, while the newly-elected MPs sat in Parliament for the election of the new Prime Minister and the Speaker, it was business as usual for the public service: the three-day 2nd Quarter Budget Review for government sectors was on in which it was heard that the financial woes facing the government was serious.

Top health beaurecratics from around the country attending the review had also informed the central agencies that health facilities have to make money to stay open by charging fees; the user-pay policy was scraped under the Government’s free primary healthcare policy.

The other options would include diverting funds from areas like development programs to cater for essential services until the country is on a strong financial footing.

At the meeting were Deputy Health Secretary, National Health Policy & Corporate Services, Ms Elva Lionel; Executive Manager for Strategic Policy Mr Ken Wai; Executive Manager for Corporate Services Mr Paul Dopsie and representatives of the Christian Health Services and Chief Executive Officers of Hospitals and Provincial Health Authorities from around the country.

Chief Executive Officer for Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority Billy Naidi said the money earned from charging hospital fees in the previous years (prior to free healthcare policy) helped ensure they kept the services going when they did not receive their health grants on time.

“Our people will pay. If they can buy betelnut and smoke, they can pay for medicine too,’’ he said, as he tried to show in his presentation that the financial woes facing MBPHA was worse than it was previously.

“The people are saying, ‘when we paid we received the services. Now it is free but there is no medicine.’”

Mr Naidi said MBPHA cannot pay utility bills on time because this function has been centralised and they need money to pay a long list of retirees, a number of whom have died while waiting for their payouts, and the health grants being received by the provincial administration is not being given to the health sector as required by law.

CEOs from other provinces gave similar reports, saying changes to the Organic Law would take a long time to ensure health grants are given to the health services so they need support in policy amendments.

Speaking as a group, the health sector group also voiced that while the budget ceiling for all sectors is low, this could not be accepted for the health sector which is about saving lives.

They said lowering the budget any further would mean jeopardising the required standards of healthcare and thereby putting lives at risk.

“We deal with lives – it’s our job to save lives,’’ said Mr Wai. Similar sentiments were expressed by Mr Dopsie and hospital CEOs who said patients’ lives were being put in danger when bills for electricity and water were not being paid on time.

Concerns raised on the cash flow problems also included not paying some health workers for long periods of time and not being able to pay rentals for medical staff. The budget cut will also affect the medical supplies enormously.

Ms Lionel highlighted the immediate priorities of the health sector, including addressing major diseases facing the country and new reforms being made to improve the supply chain of the medical supplies. Also, she said the country was also already in danger of seeing disease outbreaks because it has very low immunisation coverage rates.

The central agencies – departments of Personnel Management, Planning and Treasury – have in response asked to work together to address the issues highlighted in the health sector.

Government hospital move to make money off snake bite victims Condemned!

snakeyThe Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre condemns the decision by PMGH management to charge snakebite patients a K15000 fee for antivenom. We have provided hundreds of vials of antivenom to patients at PMGH, and at no time have we ever charged any fee, and as long as we continue to provide expert services to manage patients at PMGH, we will never charge any fee for any antivenom product we provide to the hospital for the treatment of any patient.
We understand that there are times when no antivenom is available to the hospital from the AMS through Department of Health purchasing. This is because the Department does not purchase adequate supplies, nor do they consult us as to advice on which antivenom to purchase or where to distribute them, despite our constant willingness to assist them in any way possible. However the decision by PMGH to seek full cost recovery from patients with absolutely no financial means whatsoever to pay such a fee is short-sighted, poorly considered and need to be reviewed immediately. The new government is urged to immediately release funds to support the operation of the hospital and the supply of life-saving services and medicines, including antivenom. Unless the PMGH decision is reversed it will turn back the clock on increasingly positive health-seeking behaviors that have seen snakebite patient numbers rise to between 300-400 cases/year, but case fatality drop to record lows, since our clinic in the emergency department opened in 2013. It will make people opt to stay in their communities and rely on traditional treatments that are both unsafe and ineffective. This can only lead to an increase in snakebite deaths.
We urge the CEO and the Board of Directors to rescind this decision and guarantee all snakebite patients access to antivenom to the full extent possible. We will continue to provide antivenom we have to the hospital at no cost whatsoever.

John Kaupa, You are are disgrace!

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John Kaupa,

You are a fool and a political prostitute! Your promiscuity deserves several awards of the highest order.   For 20 years you walked the streets as a failed politician in Port Moresby. You tried and failed against the likes of Casper Wollom. People didn’t want to vote for you. They saw you for who your are – a corrupt, self-serving bastard.

Your failed attempts at politics clearly showed you that you are a fake leader. You succeeded in this election ONLY because of Kerenga Kua’s credibility. Otherwise, you are nothing.

Kerenga Kua’s brilliance, credibility and national standing sanitized your sorry reputation as a thug and gutter rat.

The Simbus who voted for you in Port Moresby, voted not because of you but because of Kerenga Kua.

They voted because a good man was head of the party that endorsed you. They voted because a good Simbu was in charge.

Simbus are a proud group of people. Their pride and reputation has been tainted by your poor representation of them.

You are a traitor and disgrace. Simbus and the people of Moresby North East do not deserve this.

 

Third attempt to kidnap an MP…This time in Simbu!

kidRetired Major General Jerry Singirok and East Sepik Governor elect, Allan Bird, have reported that helicopter was used by criminal elements within the PNGDF in an attempt to kidnap the Kerowagi MP elect Bari Palmer.

The soldiers also bashed up supporters and burnt a vehicle. A senior PNGDF officer is reported to have been arrested after he attempted to smuggle the writ to a different location.

Governor elect for ESP, Allan Bird, who witnessed the attempted kidnapping of Ijivitari MP, Richard Masere, on Thursday called for immediate intervention by the PNGDF commander.

“3rd attempt to kidnap currently underway. PNGDF using a yellow chopper road blocked PNG Party declared candidate in Chuave and are in the process committing this act!”

On Thursday, PNC thugs led by failed politician, David Arore, tried to kidnap Richard Masere at Jacksons Airport.

Open letter to Charles Abel & Richard Maru: Lusim PNC

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Dear Charles Abel and Richard Maru,

We urge you both to leave the PNC camp and join with the good, right thinking   MPs gathering in Kokopo now.

You both are too intelligent to have your names and reputations dragged through the mud by being associated with Peter O’Neill and his thugs.

The PNC and desperate “Kaikai man” laik David Arore are willing to threaten and kidnap MPs. By association, you are guilty of serious crimes.    By association, you are also guilty of the most recent attempt to hijack another MP in the Western Province.

You have to come away from this disgraceful criminal actions done by the PNC and its supporters. Papua New Guinea needs your wisdom and leadership along with Sam Basil, Dr. Allan Marat and Kerenga Kua.

You might not like some of them, but we know you can work with them. They are reasonable people who, like you, have the people interests at heart.

We urge you to move over. Do not be afraid to make the move and the time is now.

Resign from PNC. Leave them to rot from the inside. The rot is already showing. It stinks of criminals who are willing to do anything for power.