One of the main communicable diseases that is serious in Papua New Guinea and in the South-East Asia region is tuberculosis.
PNG led the discussions on TB at the APEC health working group meeting at Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby last Friday.
One of the delegates from PNG, World Health Organisation country representative Dr Pieter van Maaren said the only way to address this issue and help reduce TB is through partnership.
“This is something that is not a quick fix, it needs a long sustain effort with very strong financial and technical assistance,” Dr van Maaren said.
Deputy Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala said this is the meeting where Papua New Guinea can learn from the health experiences and challenges faced by big economies and can come up with something.
“Sometimes we thought that we are the only ones facing this problem without realising that other economies are facing those challenges as well. However, our challenge is with technologies and drugs that we need but don’t have.
“Such engagement and networking in these two days have broadened our minds as to where we can get assistance from,” Dr Dakulala said.
The health working group meeting ended on a high note with the continuation of the discussions on TB on a higher level to be continued with the UN meeting later this year.
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