Department of Health

PNG reports over 250 new cases

Incident Manager of the Department of Health, Dr Melinda Susapu, said this in her recent COVID-19 update.

Dr Susapu said the death was reported in the National Capital District.

Also, 257 new cases were reported in three provinces and the NCD in the last 48 hours.

Western Province reported 219 news cases, NCD reported sixteen and East Sepik and Southern Highlands reported eleven new cases each.

The total number of reported cases stands at 6,857.

Dr Susapu said: “This is from the 67,741 tests conducted in the last year.”

Health Dept begins school hygiene promotion

The Health Promotion and Education branch started the first week of health hygiene awareness on Monday 2nd March and ended it on Friday 6th March at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Tokarara.

The team leader for the Health Promotion and Education under the Coronavirus Communication cluster, Glenda Suagu said the health promotion team would like to get to the schools, first because overcrowding in schools makes students and teachers most vulnerable to any communicable disease.

Public campaign by Health Dept

This comes especially at a time when the government has heavily invested in roads and infrastructure while there has been a notable increase in the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

The Department of Health has launched a public campaign to inform people that prevention is important, and this includes lifestyle changes.

Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said the health system provides a mix of responses and treatments, whether it is primary health care from an aid post or health centre or sophisticated surgical interventions from a tertiary hospital.

Polio strategies developed

These strategies came about following lessons learnt in the last 100 days of the emergency response.

The polio outbreak response plan of Papua New Guinea focuses on three main components: 

  • Supplementary immunisation activities
  • Enhanced surveillance; and
  • Communication

The supplementary immunisation activities have seen two national immunisation campaigns targeting more than 3.26 million children under 15 years old across 22 provinces.

Taking antibiotics when not needed…

This is the take home message disseminated by the Department of Health in the weeklong awareness against the misuse of antibiotics.

Experts say every year, at least 700,000 people around the world die from infections with superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics – and this is predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050.

Taking antibiotics when you do not need them speeds up antibiotic resistance.

PM O’Neill commissions Nipa Hospital

The hospital was built by Niugini Builders Construction (NBC) at a cost of K25.3 million. The National Government gave K15m, K6m from SHP Provincial Government, K4m from Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd and K300,000 from the Nipa district.

O'Neill while speaking at the commissioning, commended the contractor for the job we'll done and praised them for their commitment.

"We need such contractors in the country who worked hard and complete job using limited resources," says O'Neill.

He added that the hospital Will serve the people of Nipa and the surrounding communities.

Sapuri praises Muthuvel for bringing medical ship to Kimbe


“Thank you so much for your time and effort in progressing our Province and importantly for supporting me and our team in WNBPHA.

“Your support has significantly progressed our development in the health sector.

“Once again we would require your support to bring Australian Doctors International to WNB to assist with Rural Health Programs.”

Girls urged to get vaccinated against cervical cancer

Girls aged 9-14 years and attending grade 3-6 at a private or public primary school in NCD will be offered the vaccination free of charge.

The cervical cancer vaccination is fully endorsed by the PNG National Department of Health and the World Health Organisation.

It is part of the PNG National Health Plan and will be offered to all girls in PNG.

A consent form will be given to the girls at school to take home to be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school before the scheduled vaccination day.

Health workshop discusses ways to fight AMR in PNG

The workshop was also to discuss the way forward on combatting AMR in PNG.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is currently a priority agenda for the Department of Health of Papua New Guinea.

This is supported by the priority actions listed in the Action Agenda for Antimicrobial Resistance in the Western Pacific Region, which was endorsed by the Sixty-fifth session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific Region as well as the Global Action Plan on AMR endorsed at the World Health Assembly in May 2015.

One in 13 children die in PNG before reaching 5years – WHO

This grim statistics was given by World Health Organization PNG Representative Dr Pieter Van Maaren in Port Moresby today.

He made this remarks when handing over two vehicles to the Department of Health to support the immunization program in the country. 

“This lists PNG among the six high priority countries flagged by WHO as needing urgent and immediate improvement,” Dr Van Maaren said.

He added that many children die from preventable diseases like measles, meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis B and pneumonia.