Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape applauded Health Minister Dr. Lino Tom for his steadfast dedication to realizing the establishment of the Papua New Guinea National Cancer Centre (PNGNCC).
Since 2022, the National Government has allocated a total of K105 million in funding for the PNGNCC. The center is poised to commence operations in 2025, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Papua New Guinea's independence.
The allocated funds encompass K50 million earmarked for the third phase of construction, K38 million for cancer equipment, and K17 million allocated for brachytherapy (internal radiation treatment).
Addressing the persistent issue of cancer in the country, Prime Minister Marape underscored the government's unwavering commitment to healthcare, aligning with the goals outlined in the National Health Plan 2021-2030.
"Cancer care is a priority of my government, and significant strides have been made to realize our vision of inaugurating PNG's first comprehensive cancer center by 2025 – a significant milestone coinciding with our 50 years of political independence," stated Prime Minister Marape.
Expressing contentment at the progress reported by Dr. Lino, Prime Minister Marape revealed that the National Cancer Centre aims to be prepared to admit its inaugural patient in the second quarter of 2025.
He extended appreciation, saying, "I commend Dr. Tom, one of our hard-working ministers, for diligently contributing to the realization of the PNGNCC."
Moreover, Prime Minister Marape welcomed the collaborative efforts between Port Moresby General Hospital, the National Department of Health, and global institutions in enhancing the national health workforce's capacity to deliver specialized cancer services.
"This initiative signifies a pivotal milestone in Papua New Guinea's healthcare landscape, reinforcing the government's commitment to addressing the challenges posed by cancer," he affirmed.
"As the nation gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the establishment of the PNG National Cancer Centre serves as a significant testament to the progress made in ensuring the well-being of its citizens."
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