On Friday 24th November, the delegation was led by the Health Minister Puka Temu and Secretary of Health Pascoe Kase.
In welcoming the Minister and Secretary, Acting Director, Dr William Pomat said that it was an honour to have the Minister and Secretary to visit and for staff to report on IMR’s research achievements, challenges and solutions in order to save Papua New Guinean lives.
Pomat told the minister that the PNGIMR looks forward to implementing his vision of health for the next 5 years to improve primary health through continuing research in partnership with NDoH.”
Status reports of research conducted were also presented to the Minister and Secretary by scientific unit heads.
Meantime, the Health Minister congratulated the staff.
“I believe in this Institution and the research that has been done by IMR is impressive and I take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the former directors for their collective efforts to maintain the high standard of research by the Institute,” he said.
The Health Minister promised to organize a time for IMR researchers to present their reports to the other members of parliament in early 2018.
In support of the Institute’s upcoming celebration, the Health Minister said, “As IMR will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, we will look forward to how we can improve the Institute to ensure we continue to support the outstanding work PNGIMR is doing.”