Dr. Mathias Sapuri

All-out war on TB!

The theme is “STOP TB IN WNB AND STOP TB IN PNG”.                

PNG and West New Britain Province are sitting on the Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) time bomb.

West New Britain Provincial Health Authority and NDOH are meeting regularly to address the immediate concerns and develop the long term 5 year strategic action plan.

Secretary of NDOH, Pascoe Kase, and a team of TB specialists are now on board to address the immediate measures and to make sure that there is control of this potential explosion.

Alarming rise in WNB TB cases

Chairman of the West New Britain Provincial Health Authority, Dr. Mathias Sapuri, says as of the first quarter of 2017, there were 8,885 registered cases of TB in WNB.

This, Dr Sapuri says, highlights the obvious fact that there is ongoing TB transmission in the community of WNBP. Dr Sapuri also pointed out Gasmata and Kandrian as the two non-functional areas in terms of measuring the impact and rise in TB cases.

All these basic measurement units are not consistent with testing and reporting due to a number of reasons:

​Children urged to participate in cancer awareness

Dr. Mathias Sapuri believes that this not only helps others, but increases their own awareness on the illness.

Sapuri is an obstetrician and gynaecologist with Pacific International Hospital. He is coordinator of the annual Globeathon to End Women’s Cancers.

He is calling on the participation of this population for the walk this Sunday, September 24.

He said such programs were designed to raise awareness and their involvement would help them in the long run.

No progress in quality of surgery: Sapuri

In an interview with Pacific International Hospital Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Dr. Mathias Sapuri, said PNG is not developing the surgery field fast enough, compared to what’s happening to the rest of the world.

 “Our quality of surgery has not progressed too significantly over the years and without funding we cannot bring the standard of health care to another level,” says Dr. Sapuri.

He adds that while we can write lots of policies  to do things better, without the money we cannot implement anything.