University of Papua New Guinea medical student visiting World Health Organisation stall during the health fest. — Picture supplied
THE United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) in partnership with United Nations International Children Emergency Funds and World Health Organisation hosted the health fest for the first time in Port Moresby on Friday.
The health fest gathered industrial experts, practitioners and advocates, who spoke on the least spoken health topics in the country from sexual and reproductive health to high lifestyle diseases.
UNFPA country representative Marielle Sander said since 60 per cent of PNG population were under the age of 25, the health fest was for the young people. “We have a chance now to make sure they are asking the right questions before it’s too late and we can also influence them for their own children to make sure they are there for their children and ready to answer questions that children have when they grow up,” she said.
Sander said last year, Prime Minister James Marape had attended an educational summit and committed to transforming education in the country.
She, however, said education alone would not be enough.
“If children do not have access to nutritious food, if they don’t build an immune system to adapt to 21st century disease, if they are not protected from chronic infections or poor lifestyle choices, their brain development will not be optimal,” she said.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop was pleased with the organisers.
“Health must be everybody’s goal,” he said.
“It should be your personal goal, your family, your community, your district, province and national goal.
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