Department of Health

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.   

Academic doctors express grievances over industrial claims

The doctors have raised concerns over the non-implementation of the 2014-2016 National Doctors MOA Industrial Awards.

Their outstanding issues contained in the Industrial Awards are the non-implementation of the award and the Home Ownership Scheme.

They have not benefited from the Industrial Award and plan to take industrial action if their grievances are not met.

The doctors threaten to walk-off their teaching job if nothing positive happens by Wednesday, October 12.

National registry vital for cancer monitoring

The PNG Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) is hoping that a cancer registry is set up soon as it will provide an outline of how the country is performing as far as cancer is concern.

The foundation depends on statistics it collects from baseline surveys and screening it conducts during its provincial awareness and free cancer screening.

PNGCF chief executive officer Dadi Toka Jnr says without a cancer registry it is very difficult to see how effective their educational programs are doing in terms of cancer prevention.