PNG Minister To Stop All Overseas Health Department Trips

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Malabag calls on all divisions to focus on implementation at home

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 7, 2013) – Health Minister Michael Malabag has put a stop to all overseas trips by the department of Health top management, including himself as the political head.

Minister Malabag said this is the year of implementation and all Ministers and departmental heads should do just that: stay at home and help to implement the 2013 budget.

He said this when speaking at the opening of the new special care nursery at Port Moresby general hospital yesterday.

"There must be less overseas travels by both department heads and public servants as well as Ministers of Cabinet," Mr. Malabag said. "We are here to serve our people. We must be focused on budget delivery and implementation of what is put down in the budget."

Minister Malabag said that there have been a lot of so-called fact-finding travels abroad by huge delegations without any tangible development after all these trips.

"We must be seen to be doing our work and that is why we have been elected to serve our people."

He said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government have made it clear that they will put money into education, health, infrastructure, law and order and growing the economy.

"Our people have been deprived for too long. The country with so much resource must be translated to be felt by our people."

Mr. Malabag said cash-strapped multi-national corporations who are investing and making a lot of money in this country must re-invest in health services and give something back to the country.

He said public private partnership is the way forward for the country.

Minister Malabag said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has written to all the provincial governors, administrators, departmental heads and Cabinet Ministers to turn up at the State Function Room in Parliament later this month to talk about the implementation of the 2013 budget. "This is the year of implementation and in the Health sector I will make sure that we are seen to be giving something back to our people," he said.

"The government also wants to see that money given is spent on the right development and every toea accounted for," Minister Malabag said.

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