Minister for Health and HIV/Aids

Govt vows to deliver Central Provincial Hospital

Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Elias Kapavore, made this undertaking on the floor of Parliament yesterday (July 4).

Central Province is the only province in the country that does not have a provincial hospital.

Governor Robert Agarobe raised this concern in Parliament, calling on the Government to deliver on its commitments to the people of Central Province.

Sir Puka denies claims of moving to Opposition

Sir Puka was referring to a social media post that claimed that he had discussed with the other Papuan MPs, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Alotau MP, Charles Abel, to move to the Opposition.

With the grace period for the vote of no confidence approaching, rumours are rife on social media on several MPs in the government making a move to change the Prime Minister.

However, many have denied such claims on social media claiming it is the desperate work of the Opposition.

Sir Puka was one such MP.

K5m for Imbonggu hospital

Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu, was in the District recently to present a K5 million cheque to local MP and Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Pila Niningi.

The National Government’s program for establishing hospitals in the 89 districts of PNG is incorporated into the National Health Plan 2011 – 2020 and Health Medium Term Development Plan priorities for implementation.

PNG health-related laws under review

The three-day workshop was opened on November 5th by Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu.

The workshop, led by the Health Department and co-funded by the government of Australia and Oil Search Foundation, provides an avenue to consult stakeholders in a review of all laws that establish health sector governance and arrangements for health service delivery.

Speaking to participants, the Health Minister said structural issues are some of the factors that hamper service delivery in PNG.

Australia to support PNG’s immunisation strategy

Australian High Commission Minister-Counsellor, Benedict David, attended the launch and was pleased to announce PGK24 million to combat vaccine preventable diseases in Papua New Guinea. 

He said: “Australia and Papua New Guinea are close friends, and we will always look out for each other in times of need.  Under the leadership of Minister Temu and the Department of Health, this additional support will help protect PNG’s children from polio and other childhood illnesses.”

Two oncologists to be recruited for Lae Cancer Unit

“One for radiation treatment and another to work with other treatment options for cancer, such as advanced chemotherapy, surgery, and a new radiotherapy treatment called Linear Accelerator that will modernise the radiation treatment for cancer. This will provide better quality of life for cancer patients,” Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS Michael Malabag said.  

“We have a new Brachytherapy service underway, and a volunteer specialist from Australia will be training our young specialists in new cancer treatments that will help particularly, women with cervical cancer.”

2016 Hiri Hanenamo crowned

Hailing from the village of Poreporena, Olive Tau was crowned as 2016 Miss Hiri Hanenamo Queen followed by her Runner- up Boni Bitu from Porebada village.

In third place and taking the Miss Hetura for 2016 was Maha Asi from Tubuserea village.

Minister for Health and HIV/Aids, Michael Malabag presented their sashes whilst traditional singsing groups sang to signify the crowning taking place.

The spectators cheered ending the day on a high note.