Michael Malabag

Malabag confident of return

The musicians were invited by incumbent MP for Moresby Northwest Michael Malabag.

Despite the scorching Port Moresby heat, villagers as a sign of support took to the dancing floor.

Contesting under the People’s National Congress Party, Malabag is confident to retain his seat.

He said he had delivered and it was up to the people to return him or not.

"It's the people who will decide which leader they will want to represent them in Parliament” he said

 Malabag also urged the people to vote wisely when choosing their leader.

​K800,000 for St John’s Ambulance

This was announced by Minister for Health, Michael Malabag, yesterday in Port Moresby.

The Government recently gave K700,000 to the ambulance service and will settle the remaining funds soon.

Operating in PNG for the last 60 years, the funding for St. John’s will allow the ambulance to continue its services and to further expand its specialty functions.

St John’s Ambulance chief commissioner, Mollen Molki, thanked the Government for its support and said the community appreciates the vital services of St John’s paramedics.

Doctors Association challenge Malabag’s decision

This was in relation to the restoration of normal governance at Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority of which NDA stated its wish to challenge the reinstatement of the Board of WHPHA.

The decision was taken after two independent inquiries exhaustively considered the complaints and claims of some staff members; based on the outcomes of those investigations and on the recommendations of the WHPHA Independent Caretaker Board, which served for six months; and was implemented only after the Caretaker Board’s recommendations were endorsed by the National Executive Council.

O’Neill: Government confident with work done

In support of the Peoples National Congress Party candidate Michael Malabag in his nomination today, O’Neill said Papua New Guineans don’t judge them for the good work that they’ve done.

The PNC Party leader said there are too many lies out there and too many rumours that are being spread about PNG being mismanaged.

“If we are mismanaging the country, why are we still building roads, airports, hospitals, funding the districts, paying school fees and continuously funding the health system in the country?

Malabag escorted by O’Neill, nominates for North West

Malabag is contesting under the Peoples National Congress Party and was escorted into the nomination venue by Prime Minister and PNC Party leader Peter O’Neill.

Malabag was also accompanied and supported by PNC candidates, sitting MP for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko and sitting MP for Kundiawa- Gembogl Open Tobias Kulang.

Malabag called on the PNG Electoral Commission including the electoral commissioner, returning and polling officers to ensure that the elections are transparent and people have the opportunity and freedom to vote.

Gerehu General Hospital launched with new board

Present to officiate the launching and swearing of the board was Secretary for the Department of Health, Pascoe Kase and Minister for Health, Michael Malabag.

The hospital has been without a board for a while and after today’s declaration, the hospital is now a stand-alone institution.

The hospital will stand away from NCD Health Services meaning that it will have a board of governors, a management team under the CEO.

Kase says NCD Health Services will be a different entity.

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.”

New tobacco Bill passed

The Bill was passed 64 – 0 and repeals the Tobacco Products (Health Control) Act 1987.

Health Minister, Michael Malabag, when making the second and third reading of the Bill, said the former Act was 30 years old and an enhanced Government response was necessary to address the direct costs to individuals and the government.

He said there is a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases, particularly heart diseases, diabetes and cancers which are knownto be closely associated with cigarette smoking and exposure to it.

Northwest sports challenge ends on high note

The successful program has effectively engaged over 4,000 participants in the 10 suburbs of the Northwest area playing in the two sporting codes, Touch Rugby and volleyball with 208 participating clubs.

Overall from the wards 7,8,10 and 11, about 2040 men participated in Touch Rugby footy from both Men’s A division and B divisions while in the volleyball competitions from both male and female for the 10 suburbs there were 2160 people took part in the game.