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PNG Air recommence Western and Sepik flights

Those intending to travel, holding onto a valid ticket and have queries are encouraged to visit a PNG Air sales office or an agent to be served.

Acting Chief Commercial Officer, Nancy Nakikus said "PNG Air is looking forward to operate flights and continue to connect people".

"We are looking forward to getting normalcy back into PNG and giving our people a quality service they deserve,"

Medical team responds to yaws concerns

The team was on Sturt Island on Monday morning to conduct tests.

The decision to conduct a medical outreach came about after Community Health Workers in Sturt, Upati and Emerti Islands noticed locals reporting to the aid posts with skin conditions.

Community Health Worker at the Sturt aid post, Kawani Bulia, said he treats up to 60 suspected cases per day.

Bulia said some of his patients have reported that they contracted the skin condition after getting in contact with water.

Daru’s TB fight reaps rewards

The Daru accelerated response for TB sites has recorded positive response from patients.

The sites treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and drug sensitive cases which have gained significant improvement, noted Dr Sonia Madjus, technical leader of Western and NCD provinces’ TB response.

Dr Madjus said the loss in follow-up rate was previously 30 percent but this has seen an enormous reduction to less than 1 percent.

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TB fight steps up in Western

A newly-procured tuberculosis (TB) van with digital x-ray and computer aided diagnostic with the slogan, ‘Let’s kick TB out of PNG – ACT now’, will be inaugurated today (February 5).

This is in response to the emergency TB and multidrug-resistant TB situation in Daru, Western Province.

High level delegates of development partners will observe today’s event, which will be officiated by Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu.

The ceremony will be hosted at the Daru oval.

Daru police get new office

Bank South Pacific (BSP) staff in Daru decided to refurbish the small container office after seeing that the old facility was in dire need of repair.
BSP Daru branch manager, Ivy David, when handing over the key to the Daru police, said: “In respect to women and children in the community, BSP is pleased to support the cause in providing a safe and secure environment for the people.

 “Building a cop shop in the heart of Daru town will mean that services will be closer to the community. It will be beneficial to residents in terms of laying complaints,” she added.

Flags, flowers and tears flow for late Ganasi

Students stood along the town road with provincial flags, flowers and tears flowed as their leaders’ casket  was driven through the town to the Provincial Assembly hall.

Minister for Finance James Marape, Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu and acting Speaker of Parliament and Maprik MP John Simon accompanied the body.

A funeral service was held in the assembly hall in remembrance of the late MP before a guard of honour by the PNGDF.

PNG Air’s new aircraft to help travelling public

Chief commercial officer for PNG Air, Paul Abbot says that with the arrival of the forth new ATR early this month, the domestic schedule now offers further significant improvements for travellers in PNG.

Abbot says it will also increase frequency on a number of ports that they will be commencing ATR operations into Daru and Vanimo as well as resuming operations into Alotau.