National Department of Health

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.

Laloki Hospital Launches Major Projects

The projects came about as a result of a positive response from the Ministry and Department of Health to a peaceful protest staged by the hospital staff in late 2019, to fight for clean water.

The small protest urged the then Minister for Health, Dr. Puka Temu and Dr. Gua Tau from the health department who went to listen to their plight, hence the five projects now launched, including clean fresh water from Water PNG.

Medical & Pharmacy Boards sworn in

Members of the two boards recited oaths and signed legal instruments in the presence of NDoH’s Legal officer Steven Jilawara and Acting Registrar of the PNG Medical Board Dr. Alphonse Tay.

Health Minister Jelta Wong said that the Medical Board and Pharmacy Board play extremely important roles to ensure the health system in PNG is safe, and is operated by a team of technically, professionally and highly qualified, competent people.

Changes in health department

Dr Sibauk Bieb is being replaced by Dr Daoni Esorom who will be acting on the position for the next two to three months. Upon his appointment, he was the manager of Health Promotion and Education Branch.

At a handover-take-over ceremony on August 8th, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase thanked Dr Bieb for honourably accepting the decision to have him replaced without any hesitation.

Dr Bieb delivered a moving speech in which he acknowledged the decision of Kase as head of the department, saying the position belongs to the people of PNG and not his own.

Nationwide vaccination campaign launched

This was supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.

The campaign aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 million children in the age group of 6 months to 5 years with measles and rubella (MR) vaccines, and then children from birth to 5 years with oral polio vaccine (OPV).

This exercise further demonstrates Papua New Guinea’s commitment to improve health and well-being of its children by protecting them against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Improvement noted in malaria testing, diagnosis

These achievements were presented by the National Department of Health Malaria Program Manager, Leo Makita; PNG Institute of Medical Research Deputy Director, Dr Moses Laman; and National Department of Health Malaria Medical Officer, Dr Leonard Nawara, to over 100 medical practitioners and students at the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences on 26 February.

Better health services for PNGeans

In partnership with the National Department of Health, Australia is supporting Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS) and Anglicare to widen the health services offered at standalone sexual and reproductive health clinics across 18 provinces.

This is a true partnership, with Australia funding staff salaries and operations of facilities, PNG Government paying for medicines and the Catholic Church Health Services providing facilities.