Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, when officially opening the K300,000 new TB clinic at the Port Moresby General Hospital today, said although there are many challenges faced in the sector, the Government continues to overcome the issues amicably.
With this new TB facility, the Port Moresby General Hospital can now be able to treat TB patients straight away after the TB lab test and x-ray results are done on the same day.
The facility consists of a TB clinic and pathology lab.
PM O’Neill said it is the Government’s concern to eradicate TB in the country and such facility will be of paramount importance.
“Since we took over this government in 2011, we have funded the health sector and will continue to support this sector so that our people can be able to access the health services,” says the PM.
“Our people are our priority and we will continue to serve them.”
He also urges TB patients to be considerate and make sure TB does not spread to their families and others.
“We must be considerate and committed in completing our tablets on time if we are to eradicate TB in the country.
“Therefore, the onus is on each and every one of us to make it our effort to fight TB in our communities.”
The TB clinic was funded by the PNG Malaysian Association while the TB laboratory and TB x-ray machine was donated by the Sir Theo Foundation.
The new TB clinic will also be able conduct x-rays and sputum examinations of adult and child TB patients daily.
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