BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
MEMBERS of the Health and Medical Service Committee (HMSC) have paid their first courtesy call on the office of the newly elected premier of Western province David Gina on Monday.
The Health and Medical Service Committee is mandated by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands to examine and make observations and recommendations on matters relating to health and medical services as it may consider appropriate or as referred to it by Parliament or the Government.
The team includes Chairman Charles Sigoto MP, Alfred Ghiro MP, Matthew Wale MP, Dickson Mua MP, Alex Lionel Gora MP and Hon Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada MP.
Premier Gina received the committee at the Premiers Office in Gizo where the committee renewed their friendship and discussed key priority issues and challenges concerning health.
Sigoto, MP for Ranogga/ Simbo, briefed Gina on key health issues and challenges facing health service delivery in the country and possible ways in which these issues can be addressed.
He also briefed the Premier that the committee has successfully completed several public inquiries.
In 2016 the committee conducted public inquiry in Malaita (Kilufi and Maluu hospitals), later followed by one in Temotu in the eastern region in 2017.
“This current inquiry into the status and quality of Medical Services provided in Hospitals and Mini-Hospitals in the country is part of the above inquiry for the Western region,” said Sigoto.
Sigoto said by the end of their inquiry, it is expected that the committee will be in a position to report to Parliament on all matters relevant to the issue.
Gina and other provincial staffs and MPAs discussed health issues and challenges currently affecting the province.
Sigoto said that the government, through its responsible Ministry will ensure medical health services reaches the rural populace.
Today the committee will visit Maravari Clinic in South Vella la Vella Island.