31 May 2019
Solomon Islands: the DCGA to address the immediate needs of the NRH
The Democratic Coalition Government for Advancement (DCGA) is set to launch its First 100 Days Policy Framework today at the Heritage Park Hotel.
A press statement from the DCGA stated that the 100 days agenda represents the collective priorities of the four coalition Parties that form the DCGA.
Among some of the key priorities I was very pleased to learn of was the DCGA is committed to address the immediate refurbishment of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) which is aimed to improve the hospital facilities and achieve better health services for the people.
Quoting from the press release it went on to add:
“Some of the tasks that were identified and are featured in the 100-days policy framework include the National Referral Hospital Refurbishment in which the focus is to:
i. Ensure the construction of diabetic and special care nursery in good progress until completion
ii. Complete the refurbishment of the old Nurses accommodation into an Office
iii. Ensure the repairs and maintenance of the following are complete: Emergency Ward, Maternity Ward, Kitchen, and NRH Sanitation improvement and the New Genecology Ward complete
iv. Ensure the sewerage system upgrade in partnership with Solomon Water is pursued
v. Ensure the tender works and documentation for the NRH car park is done and the tender outsourcing evaluation documentation for the Infection Control Butt (Wash Room) is complete
vi. Ensure the documentation for the NRH CT Scan is complete for funding support.
“It is expected that within the first 100 days the DCGA aims to see the design and refurbishment of the old nurses’ accommodation to an office to be completed, completion of the repairs and maintenance of the Emergency Ward, completion of repairs to the hospital’s kitchen, upgrading of the hospital’s sewerage system in partnership with Solomon Water, identify funding for security fencing, refurbishment of the Maternity Ward, improvement of the NRH sanitation and the New Gynecology Ward, tender outsourcing evaluation documentation for work on the Infection Control Butt (Wash Room) and to continue with progress of the documentation for funds for the purchase of the CT Scan.”
The DCGA’s early concern and commitment to the NRH and for better health service delivery is appreciated.