THE Democratic Coalition for Change Government’s (DCCG) Social Sector under its Policy Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (PIMEU) has noted some major developments in the Health Sector.
These include the review of the Medical and Dental Act, Pharmaceutical and Poisons Act, Doctors’ Scheme of Service and the Health Infrastructure Development.
Policy Secretary Social Sector, Mr Emmanuel Iyabora said that developments in infrastructure include setting up of six Area Health Centres (AHC) in the provinces.
These include Area Health centres in Tingoa, Afio, Wagina, Waisisi, Manuopo and Avu Avu.
“Whilst site visits and master plan for the Wagina, Manuopo and Avu Avu AHC are yet to be carried out, the Tingoa AHC is almost complete,” says Iyabora.
He also said that the land acquisition process, confirmation of site and site visit for the Waisisi AHC has been completed.
Also, the refurbishment of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) has continued since last month (September 2017).
Policy Secretary of the PIMEU’s Social Sector has noted that the temporary morgue construction has been completed, and awaiting the freezer machine to be installed for full operation.
“The current morgue will be demolished and the new permanent morgue (worth $6.5m) will be built on the current site,” says Iyabora.
Meanwhile progress has also been made for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) hospital development.
The first phase of the NRH relocation which consists of basic design brief, service plan, site confirmation & business case has already been started and is expected to complete by the end of 2018.
The second phase which consists of the project plan, master plan, schematic design, detail design & documentation; and design and documentations for accessibility such as roads, bridges, utilities and communication is expected to commence in 2019 and end in 2020.
The third Pphase is on procurement and is expected to commence in 2021 and end in 2022 whilst the fourth phase which is the construction and post construction is expected to start in 2022 and complete in 2025.
The DCCG policies are implemented through various ministries of the Government. The policies under the Social Sector are implemented under nine Government Ministries: MHMS, MEHRD, MPNSCS, MJLA, MWYCFA, MHA, MPGIS, MPNSCS, and MPS.