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Housing for NRH slowly addressed

THE OPENING of new houses at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) compound will be a boost to accommodation for staffs of the (NRH). NRH’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Chris Becha said housing is a common problem facing all sectors working in Honiara.

Dr. Becha said from the inquiry that was conducted at the NRH last year which inquires in the service provided by the NRH, it appears the NRH management is trying to address some areas of concern in order to boost the morale of NRH staff in doing their duties.

He added that with completion of two new houses at the hospital compound those residing in old houses will be relocate to  new ones while the old houses will be renovated.

The CEO said medical workers who are still residing in dire houses do not reflect their work as health workers.

“We are trying our best to address the housing problem nurses and doctors working at the NRH are facing”, the CEO clarified.

He also said that NRH has a housing estate at Kombivatu with 10 houses and already four nurses have moved in to these houses.

Dr Becha said one thing that contributes to nurses arriving late to work is that they reside all over Honiara.

He said some nurses reside in settlements from Whiteriver to Henderson which is causing difficulties for them to get to work early.

He said in order to address the issue of lateness; the NRH executive has structured their future plans which will see nurses and doctors having their own housing estate to enable a particular location for pick up and attending to work early.


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