PORT Moresby General Hospital Board has recently sworn in five (5) of its Board members. The members are:
• Peter Graham, Chairman of the Board and representative of the local business community;
• Katherine Johnston, Deputy Chair and member representing women;
• Pastor Ruben Akia, member representing the local religious denominations;
• Dr. Michael Wilson, member representing the Port Moresby General Hospital staff; and
• Luke Liria, member representing the local community.
Mr. Ken Wai, executive manager of the Strategic Policy Division of the National Department of Health congratulated the members and challenged them to pool together their expertise to make PMGH a super specialist hospital.
“You’ve been appointed at a time when the department and the sector is going through transformation so I pray that God will give you the wisdom so that you can make a difference,” Mr. Wai said. “We’ve got to be honest, transparent and commit ourselves to our work as the Board so I leave that challenge to you.”
Chairman Peter Graham said that as a Board, they recognize the importance of Port Moresby General Hospital to be a specialist hospital but also recognizes the financial constraints that the country is facing currently.
“We’re going to have be realistic and work very carefully on our priorities, what are most important to keep on moving towards our vision and not trying to move so many things that nothing really happens in the meantime. So, that’s going to be one of our big challenges,” said Mr. Graham.
Mr. Graham expressed that finding alternate sources of funding is not going to be an easy task because the government and business sector in general will be facing hard times financially in the near future.
“I think we’ve got some work in front of us to articulate our strategy and get people aligned with it, particularly how we relate to the Provincial Health Authorities and if we are not careful, that can end up in a competitive situation which is not what we want. We want a collaborative situation where we are supporting one another and not competing for resources and competing for patients,” said Mr. Graham.
PMGH CEO Dr. Paki Molumi said the hospital Board and Management has a huge task ahead of them and they will continue to work with the National Department of Health and other partners to move the plans for the hospital forward.
The swearing-in ceremony took place on Thursday, 17th September, 2020.