The Premier of Guadalcanal Province calls for improved primary health care and prevention in his province.
According to a story filed by Mavis Nishimura Podokolo, writing in today’s Island Sun, Guadalcanal province needs improvement in its primary health care and prevention to serve its people and reduce burden on the National Referral Hospital.
Miss Podokolo’s article said this was mentioned by Francis Sade, Premier for Guadalcanal Provincial government, during the recent celebration on Guadalcanal’s second appointed day.
Reportedly, Premier Sade said in the longer-term, there is a need to improve access and the quality of health services.
“Guadalcanal Province needs to improve primarily health care and prevention.
“Guadalcanal Province does not have a hospital. There is a need to build a Guadalcanal Province hospital. This will, not only serve the people of this Province, but also reduce the burden on the National Referral Hospital.
“It could also serve the growing population outside of the Honiara City boundary.
“This requires improving manpower capabilities to enable us to visit and inform communities. On behalf of my people, I ask that the National Government assist us build a quality hospital for Guadalcanal Province.
“If our country can rally the support of development partners to build sports facilities for the 2023 Pacific games, then surely, we can commit to help build a hospital for Guadalcanal Province,” he said.
At the same event Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare reportedly said “My good people of Guadalcanal province that the National Government through the Ministry of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening and other government agencies will continue to work with your government and provide what is necessary and important for the development of this province.Yours sincerely