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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Dr. Elizabeth Keller
Acting Director
 


Department of Health Services

The Department of Health shall be responsible for providing health care and health education in Pohnpei. The Department shall coordinate the planning, organization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all public health-related functions and assure that health care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Department shall have the following divisions, each administered by a division chief:

The Division of Medical Services

Employ or otherwise contract for an adequate staff of doctors, nurses, medical technicians and other medical staff;

Establish and maintain general medical and surgical services, diagnose specialists for outpatient and inpatient curative services, and the provision of 24 hour coverage to both inpatients and emergency patients;

Formulate a continuing education program for it staff and coordinate with the Division of Administration and Health Development in executing such program;

Establish and maintain hospital services and facilities such as inpatient wards, x-ray services, pharmacy services, anesthesia, operating and recovery services, laboratory and morgue, labor and delivery services, central supply services, emergency services, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

The Division of Dental Services

Employ or otherwise contract for an adequate staff of dental professionals and hygienists;

Establish and maintain preventative oral health care programs and services including educational programs for schools and the general public.

Formulate a continuing education program for its staff and coordinate with the Division of Administration and Health Development in executing such programs;

Establish and maintain dental treatment services, dental laboratory services, and other special clinic and dispensary services, as necessary for the dental health of the inhabitants of Pohnpei.

The Division of Primary Health Care

Promote and coordinate preventive and community health care and activities; provide health related education to individuals and the community; establish and implement programs on proper hygienic practices;

Formulate a continuing education program for its staff and coordinate with the Division of Administration and Health Care Development in executing such program;

Establish programs for the early detection, prevention and treatment of communicable diseases; and

Establish and maintain clinics for primary health care, maternal child health care, family planning, prenatal and postnatal care, school health care and health education, dispensary and emergency services, well-baby clinics, immunization, nutrition, drug and alcohol control service, hypertension service, diabetic services, mental health, and  other special clinics.

The Division of Administration and Health Planning

Coordinate with the Division of Primary Health Care on the latter’s United States federally-funded programs;

Direct and coordinate all administrative functions of the Department of Health Services, and provide essential administrative support to the Divisions of the Department;

Serve as Technical Advisor and Liaison on matters involving personnel management for the Department of Health Services;

Establish and maintain fiscal and development planning for all health service activities, including seeking other possible sources of funding from inside as well as outside of the Federated States of Micronesia to support the work of the Department;

Establish and maintain proper budget, financial, inventory and property controls, including coordination of, and assistance with all purchases for the Department and its health care services;

Manage the support service at the hospital, including food services, housekeeping, maintenance, and security;

Develop plans and obtain assistance from the FSM National Government, FSM and State health insurance companies, and international aid sources, to develop Pohnpei State Hospital as a viable regional medical referral facility;

Establish and collect fees and charges for medical services; assist the Governor in the investigation and negotiation of current or proposed health-insurance programs for medical services provided to insured patients, to determine most feasible manner to provide health insurance coverage to the maximum number of Pohnpei residents; and

Coordinate and manage any off-island medical referrals and supervise the activities of the Medical Coordinator in charge of the Honolulu Referral House.


 





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