Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and the Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Tautai Kaitu’u have expressed their profound gratitude to the staff of the Kilu’ufi Hospital in Malaita Province for diligently serving their patients in a very challenging work environment.
The Prime Minister assured the hospital staff, the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government is determined to address their plight.
Both leaders made the assurance when visiting Kilu’ufi hospital recently.
The staff told the visiting delegation that the hospital has been understaffed and without necessary medical equipment.
They also spoke about the need for road improvement as the poor road conditions in Malaita Province has placed immense challenge for the transportation of patients to the hospital.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare assured the staff that during the tenure of the Grand Coalition for Change Government, some senses are put into the national budget so as to heavily feature areas that should be prioritised.
He said hospital services touch the lives of people and the reality of poor conditioned health facilities and services throughout the country boils down to the importance of setting the right priorities.
The Prime Minister adds, this year’s budget DCC has an allocation of more than 1,200 vacancies and is asking Ministries looking after essential services to identify posts that should be created or filled.
He said should the expertise required for these posts are not available in Solomon Islands then they can be sought elsewhere.
The Prime Minister assured the Kilu’ufi hospital staff, his government is determined to address their plight and that of those in other health facilities around the country.