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Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill has assured the churches that the Government will continue to support them in their good work. Addressing the Christian Health Services annual conference in Port Moresby yesterday, he said the Government recognised the need to support the churches.
"Health is a key sector and over the last three years, it has received K4 billion from the National Government in which K40 million was allocated for free healthcare policy,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’ Neill said. He said this year, a total of K148 million had been released to support the important role that churches played in delivering services to more than 80 per cent of the population – mostly those in the rural areas which the Government could not meet.
"So by partnering with churches is one way of ensuring quality services are being delivered to the people,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said. He said the State-church partnership would continue to bring benefits to the people.
He said while the country had encountered a lot of hardships and struggles along the way, he wanted to assure the people that the Government was there to listen to their cries and would respond appropriately.
The Prime Minister said with a healthy nation, "we may be able to become productive and so the Government aims to further strengthen the existing relationship to ensure services are being delivered to the people.” Church Health Service has received funding from the government like never before.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill, who opened the Churches Health Services annual conference in Port Moresby yesterday, said the health sector had received increased funding since 2012, and would continue to do so in order to deliver health services for the people of PNG. Health sector alone has received K4 billion in the past three years.
For Church Health Service, government allocated K148 million in funds, apart from a K28 million as operational cost for 2015. Yesterday, Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill acknowledged the work of churches and reassured them that the State-church partnership would continue to bring benefits to the people.
He said the reality was that there was no country where the government could operate in isolation, and governments must engage through partnerships. "These include partnerships with the private sector, particularly with community groups and, most importantly for PNG, partnerships with Churches,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.
He said while there would be challenges along the way, the Prime Minister assured the people that the government was here to listen to their cries and would respond appropriately. The Prime Minister is the first to attend this conference, and has given them the confidence and support of his government.
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