Local doctors working at National Referral Hospital (NRH) have renewed their call to the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) Government to push the NRH 2009 report so that it can be implemented.
A statement from the doctors said, past governments have failed to resource the Ministry of Health and Medical services inorder to address the recommendations of the 2009 NRH report.
“Past government failed to address the report at that time because the national election was getting closer at that time.”
NRH is the only referral hospital in the country and it should be given a top priority, the doctors said.
“If NRH is fully equipped with relevant equipment government won’t spend funds to send patients overseas.
“Most cases can be treated here.”
They said, the current status of the hospital is worrying because it needs more specialist doctors at every department. The hospital lacks infrastructures, facilities and staffing.
And this is not good for the hospital and its ongoing operations, doctors added.
They stressed, its in the national interest that government must address the situation.
In 2009 National Parliament has established a special select committee to enquire into and report on the quality of medical services provided at NRH, in particular how they are managed, administered and how they may be improved.
Lack of action to address the recommendations based on the report has angered health officials and the public at large over the years.
By ELLIOT DAWEA