Today marks the 5th year straight at the St John Ambulance Service of PNG (SJA) as the Honorary Chief Medical Director. No allowances, no payments, no problems! I have passionately enjoyed, and shall continue on. It is an honor to be involved in community service all for the sake of humanity. The reward you get from saving one's life is invaluable.
I am paid by the Government of PNG as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the National Department of Health to run Emergency Medical Services in PNG. The greatest barrier has been linking the hospitals to the communities. Rapid response to the ill and the injured, process them in a timely & professional manner, transport them to the hospitals and yet maintain a high level of care. That bridge has been rectified over the 5 ensuing years, and now we are working towards achieving the goal of establishing National Ambulance Service by year 2030.
THERE is a low rate of community transmission of respiratory illnesses including the Covid-19 in PNG, says Health and HIV-AIDs Minister Sir Puka Temu.
He told Parliament yesterday that there could be something contributing to the low rate of community transmission.
The World Health Organisation registry lists PNG as experiencing community transmission.
Sir Puka said the Covid-19 was a new pandemic which no one knew anything about.
“We still have seven deaths related to the Covid-19 and that number has been with us for the last three months,” he said.
The Papua New Guinea Government plans to shift the powers of National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning to the Health secretary, says Health and HIVAIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu.
Sir Puka said the transfer arrangement was the subject of an amendment to the National Pandemic Act 2020.
“When Parliament agrees, and based on the amendment to the bill, the powers of the (National Pandemic Response) Controller would be transferred to the Health secretary,” he said.
“The powers of the Controller David Manning who is also the Commissioner of Police would be moved to the Health secretary or his deputy,” he said.
New statistics revealed today by the National Aids council in conjunction with UNAIDS show NCD, Morobe and Western Highlands are leading provinces in HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Overall, an estimated 52 000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, mainly people between the age of 15 – 49 whom are most affected, while 32 000 are on Anti-retroviral drugs.
New infections have increased by 27% between 2010 and 2019.
UNAIDS Epidemiologist Dr. Shepard Machekera from Zimbabwe, says at the end of 2019, over 3, 300 people were tested positive to HIV.
Ok Tedi Mining Limited has taken an initiative to host a ‘Shave for a Cure’ fundraiser to raise K100, 000 towards cancer testing and treatment in the country.
This is one of several “Pinktober” activities initiated by OTML’s Organisational Development & Training Department with support from the Ok Tedi Women’s Network.
Other activities include raising awareness about cancer, the signs and symptoms, and where to access services.
Cancers of mouth, breasts and cervix are amongst leading cause of death in the country, a health educator said this morning during the end of Niupela Pasin Walk and Yoga for Life program along the Paga Hill Ring Road.
PNG Cancer Foundation's Dr Sonia Dadae said two women were dying from cancer everyday.
She expressed concerns that cancer risk factors should be reduced to avoid it.
Dr Dadae cited chewing of betel nut, alcohol, smoking and unhealthy diet as risk factors.
FLAWS in the health system and the medicine supply chain are because of poor management in the Health Department, with some officers “living extravagant lifestyles far beyond their salary”, according to a report.
Public Accounts Committee chairman Sir John Pundari tabled in Parliament yesterday the report on the inquiry which began in August last year into the supply, procurement and distribution of medicines.
Sir John said the responsibility “rests primarily on the management” of the department “who are custodians of our medicine supply chain and our people’s health”.
“Our medical supply and distribution systems have been compromised because the (health department) allowed this to happen by either complacency, incompetence, design and or greed,” Sir John said.
He said “numerous reports (had been received of senior officers of the department directly involved in the procurement of medicines, affording to living extravagant lifestyles, far beyond that which is expected from a normal public servant salary”.
THE Public Accounts Committee has recommended the setting up of a National Pharmaceutical Authority and to create a division within it to be responsible for medicine safety, regulation, licensing and testing.
It is one of the 12 recommendations tabled in Parliament yesterday by the committee which conducted on inquiry into the procurement, supply and distribution of medicines in the country.
THE number of mentally ill patients in Papua New Guinea ranging from early as 13 years old is mainly caused by depression and drug use, says an official.
Laloki Psychiatric Hospital chief executive officer Dr Losavati Daugunu said the number of mental disorders in the country had increased.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2020, the most common causes of admissions in hospitals was depression.
She said there were different issues associated with mental health such as lifestyle, economic crisis, poverty, family issues and peer pressure.
Daugunu said in Papua New Guinea, the common age group range that was impacted by mental illness was between 15 and 29.
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