A REGIONAL cancer workshop at the Nonga General Hospital (NGH) in Rabaul, East New Britain, on Friday was the first of four planned for the region.
The workshop was attended by senior medical oncologists from the Port Moresby General Hospital and Angau Memorial Hospital besides local doctors at NGH.
The workshop was one of four regional cancer workshops planned for the New Guinea Islands, Highlands, Mamose and Southern region. George Otto, the programme manager of the cancer unit at the Health Department, said the workshops were in line with the National Cancer Policy that was developed by the department.
He said the exercise came about as concerns were raised about the effectiveness of cancer diagnosis and treatment in the country.
“We want to work with the hospitals to implement the National Cancer Policy,” Otto said.
“We want to start with the regional centres,” he said.
“We have started off with Nonga and we will visit Mt Hagen, Lae and Port Moresby.
“We want to start regional cancer treatment centres instead of sending patients to Port Moresby and Lae. Cancer is a major public health concern,” he said.
“We are now finding the best ways to address it.
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