There would also be an immediate deployment of a cancer specialist at Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae, and employment of some biomedical technologists.
Cuba would also provide professors to the proposed new stand alone and revived School of Medicine and Health Science that would be done by the Government and be called "PNG Medical & Health Sciences University".
These arrangements and more were made possible through a Cuba-PNG Health Diplomacy; a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed last Wednesday between the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and the governments of PNG and Cuba in Havana during Mr O’Neill’s official visit.
The MOU also includes other following categories:
- Cuba would assist in health research and collaboration. Assist PNG in training PNG Medical University post-graduate students in Masters and Post-Masters training. Assist to train our biomedical technologist and others in health;
- Cuba to assist PNG with medical drugs and vaccines for general medical diseases and non-communicable drugs in diabetes, cancer and hypertension. Assist PNG with medical supplies and diagnostic technologies;
- Cuba to assist PNG with health information and technology; and
- Cuban to assist PNG with asset and infrastructure development.
He said the need to immediately recruit 20 to 30 Cuba doctors to fill district hospitals where there were no doctors, the medium to long-term intervention would be to revitalise the proposed stand alone School of Medicine & Health Sciences as a university of its own by 2018.
Once this is done, the immediate plan was to increase the under graduate intake to 100 and increase it to 300 intakes a year in the MBBS program, and like wise to the other program offered.