Pax Australiana & techniques of pacification
A Kiap’s Chronicle: 31 - Propaganda & confrontation

Despite exposure, health corruption continues

Governor Gary Juffa - "Public servants have acted negligently, incompetently and possibly corruptly"


NOOSA – Oro Governor Gary Juffa has blasted companies that have abused medical contracts and continued these practices probably conspiring with corrupt public servants to do so.

Speaking in his capacity as chairman of Papua New Guinea’s Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reforms, Juffa said he was dismayed that the government had renewed a health department contract with a private company that was providing sub-standard medical equipment and drugs.

He did not name the company but Borneo Pacific Pharmaceuticals has previously been alleged to  be "the beneficiary of lavish spending by the Department of Health, organised through flawed tender processes".

The investigative website PNGi said "a 2011 article published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences reported that all samples of NCPG [Borneo Pacific's largest provider of drugs] medicines supplied to Papua New Guinea were substandard, and one was ‘possibly counterfeit’."

In December 2013 Australia withdrew funding for a $38 million program supplying medicine to PNG health centres because of concerns about the way PNG awarded contracts.

In 2015, hospital supervisors complained to the committee now chaired by Juffa ‘that drugs being supplied by Borneo Pacific were often of poor quality as were medical supplies. IV drips were substandard as were blood transfusion sets’.

Juffa said that again in September 2020 a company had been exposed by the Public Accounts Committee for serious flaws in the quality of drugs it supplied and for other anomalies not since rectified.

“I am gravely concerned that since the much advertised PAC inquiry and the report tabled by the chairman [John Pundari, now Finance Minister], nothing has been done to design a more transparent procurement system and engage reputable companies that could procure and supply quality drugs.

“Meanwhile the logistics of delivery of drugs, medicines, consumables and other medical equipment is still atrocious.

“This was also exposed as being substandard and indeed procurements then were shown to be under dubious circumstances,” Juffa said.

Juffa said nothing had improved since the Public Accounts Committee revelations.

“In fact, the same companies are involved and they are not delivering the drugs to the doorsteps of aid posts and health centres and hospitals as required and paid for.

“The public servants involved, who acted negligently, incompetently and possibly corruptly, have not been taken to task.”

Juffa said the people of PNG deserve the best health care.

“The current health care is not delivering to the expectations of the people. It is actually in a terrible state and needs to be overhauled.”

He said the new health secretary must take decisive action and needs to be supported by the minister to build a health care system that works effectively.

Juffa said immediately upon taking office the prime minister had put the health department on notice to act swiftly to improve healthcare in PNG.

He urged the Marape government to consider the reform committee’s proposal to significantly improve procurement and delivery of drugs, medical equipment and consumables to aid posts, health centres and hospitals throughout PNG.


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arthur williams

Copy of my un--printed post to National on Dec 23
Now we hear the Contract has not been approved by the GG. SO in law there is NO CONTRACT.!! Are Borneo supplying the drugs without a Contract? Even though they are still owed K55 million too. My goodness remember they were accused of NOT being the lowest tender price to win the original contract...Now we know why it was over inflated with bigger prices for PNG to pay.

Looks like, smells like it - begorra must be it!

Lindsay F Bond

With complexities that are, the provisioning of health facilities and staffing, it cannot go unnoticed that Sir John Pundari is reported as saying injuring the BPP company is "unnecessary".
As Sir John might have agreed, them thar of PNG Health Department did not do PNG proud.
Have PNG politicians a sufficient strength of will to rustle up the steer?

Lindsay F Bond

Testing times ahead? With all its resources, that nearby nation Australia, has rather little to crow about in its preparation for difficulties brought by Covid. Take for instance, the demand by its governments of each State, for citizns to give proof of being free of the virus. What has been the outcome is a citizenry largely compliant and coming for testing, yet the governance of each State seems not to have done the mathematics of the lineup of citizens and less than adequate provisioning of testing kits or of personnel and places of testing that are adequate to the numbers.
Tell me I'm overstating the apparent problem?
The purpose is the help PNG people appraise the realities of virus and virtues of health provisioning that might meet the needs.

Kindin Ongugo

I wonder if voters should have capacity assessment before casting their votes.
To me voters appear to have poor memory, lost judgement and decision making capacity.
A candidate for Lae Open in 2012 told his potential voters during one of his campaign rallies "sapos yu votim pekpek bai yu kisim pekpek". He did not win.
His words are true now.
Nothing good has been said about the Pharmaceutical company but the government "for the people" has again acted for the politicians.
Voters are equally responsible for the problems now.

Dr John Christie

The tendering of supply and delivery of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies is not rocket science.

The fact that the PNG government was happy to forgo $38 million in Australian aid funding to continue with the current questionable contracts tells the story of how far up the management and political chain the rot has crept.

The Australian Administration of PNG prior to independence can be critiqued for many failings, but the supply and delivery of pharmaceuticals was a model that many developing countries aspired to achieve.

Even the most remote Aid Post had the basic essential drugs.

Lindsay F Bond

Sad day, Desmond Tutu, the South African leader, has died.

"He preached calling the black political elite to account with as much feistiness as he had the white Afrikaners.”

Should that there be a voice as well regarded in PNG, for the health of the nation.

Dr Momia Teariki-Tautea

It’s been common knowledge for years that those involved in the procurement of drugs and medical consumables are “on the money” from said pharmaceutical company.

The rot and rorting can be traced right up the hierarchy of the PNG Department of Health.

Unless there is a major overhaul and changes made in the procurement team, the same pharmaceutical company will continue to be engaged.

Sadly, it’s not only in the supply of medicines, medical consumables but of other services as well.

Lindsay F Bond

Those "logistics of delivery ... is still atrocious"
Seems complexities ever churn?
All samples "substandard, and one ... ‘possibly counterfeit’"
Thus will unnamed ever spurn?
Reported as "flawed tender processes".
Not that siphoners ever turn?
"negligently, incompetently and possibly corruptly"
Rules and guides sneaks ever burn?
"people of PNG deserve the best health care"
Yet trashing falls, dead ash in urn.
Expectations of "best health care" [blinded]
When will voters ever learn?

Apology: The matters are so very serious, not any word is funny.

Bernard Corden

Dear Keith, The malfeasance involving big pharma and public health is well documented and there is an established tradition of manipulating evidence, data and analysis to create and maintain an auspicious environment for industry at material and ideological levels:

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