The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has defended its Infrastructure Adviser Mr Michael Green in response to the call by Forum Solomon Islands International for his removal.
FSII called for Mr Green’s removal claiming that he was responsible for the decision to halt repair works carried out by Tropical Glass and Aluminum (TGA) to the two operating theatres of the National Referral Hospital last Saturday.
Responding to that call, the MHMS Permanent Secretary, Dr Tenneth Dalipada said the ministry has adequately explained the circumstances surrounding its decision to halt repair works by TGA and there is nothing warranting the removal of Mr Green.
Dr Dalipada said the ministry values Mr Green’s contribution in improving the infrastructures of the NRH for the people of Solomon Islands and has every confidence that he will continue to work in the best interest of the hospital and the nation as a whole.
Meanwhile, Dr Dalipada has announced that repair works to the two operating theatres of the NRH are proceeding as planned.
He said the hospital has other operating theatres which will continue to operate despite the closure of the two operating theatres undergoing repairs.
“The other operating theatres will continue to prioritise medical services in a way that will minimize the level of disruption caused by the closure of the two operating theatres that are undergoing repairs,” Dr Dalipada added.
Dr Dalipada said the NRH will continue to require further maintenance and repairs in the future and assured that the NRH staff will continue to perform to their utmost best to serve patients.