| Radio New Zealand
AUCKLAND – A new appointment has been made to Papua New Guinea's embattled health department, after the former health secretary's contract expired this week.
Dr Paison Dakulala will take over on a three month contract after Pascoe Kase's contract expired on Monday and was not renewed.
Mr Kase and the department have recently been under heavy scrutiny during a public inquiry into the supply and distribution of medicine.
The chair of that inquiry labelled Mr Kase's leadership a failure while he was grilled about the awarding of the country's contract to controversial company Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals.
In 2013, the government awarded Borneo Pacific the national medicine supply contract despite its bid being millions of dollars higher than those of other organisations, to the anger of many in the health sector.
Dr Dakulala had been deputy secretary under Mr Kase.
He was a specialist consultant before becoming deputy secretary in charge of health standards.