Large investment in malaria control and elimination must not be seen as expenditure but rather an investment for our future.
Deputy Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala said this because he was confident with the current level of resources maintained through thegovernment, the Global Fund and the other multi- and bilateral partners, much has been achieved and these achievements must be maintained and much more work was required to achieve elimination.
“PNG is one of the countries that has benefited from external resources such as the Global Fund that has invested a great deal of resources to scale up malaria control.
“In PNG, I am pleased to say there is increased funding through donors, new energy and an invigorated focus on malaria control initiatives.
“These initiatives are outlined in the National Malaria Control Programme Strategic Plan,” he said.
According to representative from the Chinese Embassy, Associate Professor Dr Li Jin, the Government was making hard effort to reduce malaria burden, Chinese government was standing to support.
“We are pleasure to work with people of PNG together to defeat malaria.
“In 2016, Chinese government provided anti-malaria drugs that worth 10 million RMB which is equal to K5 million, and in 2018 Chinese government will provide more supports for malaria control in PNG,” she said.
She said the trilateral collaboration malaria project established by China, Australia and PNG governments in 2016, is a project purposely to enforce the capacity of malaria diagnosis in laboratory, as it is now performed for three years and is working well.
She said mass drug administration (MDA) is an important intervention for malaria control because China used MDA to control and eliminate malaria in most parts of China.
Dr Dakulala said to be ready to beat malaria, it takes a government that remains engaged in the fight to control malaria. A government from the central level through to the provinces, districts and wards.
“It takes donors who pledge funding and who fulfill these commitments. It takes the delivery of malaria-control interventions from the private sector, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and faith-based organisations and it takes the people of Papua New Guinea to prevent malaria,” he said. Post Courier
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