National Department of Health

NCD marks World Immunization Week

With the theme: “Humanly Possible: Saving Lives through immunization,” the event was attended by WHO, UNICEF PNG, National Department of Health, DFAT and other stakeholders including the Christian Health Services.

Shared efforts needed to achieve goals

Health Minister, Dr. Lino Tom officiated at the Plan launching on December 7.

The Health Minister said the blueprint for transformation of the public health sector is under implementation.

Emergency tuberculosis kicks off

TB services have come closer to the community with inmates at the Bomana Prison expected to be part of the population at Bomana to be screened for Tuberculosis in the next two weeks.

The Emergency TB Project aims to improve the quality and expand the coverage and utilization of health services to control the spread of Tuberculosis in target areas including the National Capital District by strengthening programmatic management of Tuberculosis.

NDoH to address medicine shortage

Minister for Health, Dr Lino Tom said this is part of a 100-day plan upon taking office, which highlighted key performance indicators including ICT reforms, increasing the numbers of medical workers and improving the medicine supply system.

In the short term;

NDoH Procurement Committee sworn-in

Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS, Dr. Lino Tom witnessed the occasion.

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) is responsible for approval of procurement of goods, services and projects that cost more than K5 million. Those that cost from K50,000 to  K1 million are approved by the Secretary of NDOH.

The purpose of the NDOH Special Procurement Committee is to:

Preventing and Treating Malaria in PNG

Malaria trilateral project, Rotarians Against Malaria, WHO, and the PNG Institute of Medical Research were part of this visit.

The main message delivered to the school children and parents of Kerea primary school was that malaria is preventable by sleeping under a treated mosquito net and curable if tested early and treated with a complete course of medication.

NCDPHA ceases COVID-19 operations

Dr. Yennie made the announcement in a Circular, No. 20/2022 on Friday 17 June 2022. The decision was made by the NCD PHA Board on 16 June 2022.

The circular addressed to the Management and staff of NCDPHA, partners and stakeholders, stated that the NCDPHA Management resolved and made this decision.

PNG needs Healthy Islands concept

Executive Manager of the National Department of Health Public Health Division Dr Sibauk Bieb said this when opening a three-day refresher training on Healthy Island Concept outside Port Moresby recently.

“If you need to see how this concept works, you look at smaller island countries. You will see how the Healthy Island Concept is working. The communities are beautiful and they are very well set up. People in PNG need to wake up and embrace it,’’ said Dr. Bieb.

Yellow vaccine cards not for sale

Dr Liko issued the warning after receiving reports that there are people charging for the issuing of yellow cards.

“The yellow cards are processed and issued for free by the National Department of Health, and signed by the Secretary as the licensing authority. Anyone found to be soliciting money out of the yellow cards must be reported to NDoH,’’ he said.

Secretary Dr Liko said the people travelling overseas are required to produce an international Vaccine Certificate upon arrival in most countries.

Youths Must Partake In Decision Making

Stakeholders who were in attendance were from the National Youth Development Authority, UNFPA, Department of Education and the National Department of Health (NDoH). 

Day 1 of the Regional Youth Conference had youth under the PNG Family Health Association (PNGFHA), display the work they had been doing in their respective desks.

UNFPA has been working closely with PNGFHA and partners like CIMC, MarieStopes, and OXFAM to implement the Spotlight Initiative programs.