A TEAM from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently assessing the Papua New Guinea (PNG)'s cancer treatment capacity to identify priority areas to improve on.
Team leader of the IAEA delegation to PNG Igor Veljkovikj said the agency was working with the World Health Organisition and International Agency for Research on Cancer on the assessment programme.
They would make recommendations on how to guide cancer control planning and investments in the country.
“Our experts (have) a good understanding of the situation in the country and we are verifying this week the data and discussing it with the national team,” he said.
“We would like to help formulate a national strategy where we can consolidate all the different activities you currently have.
“We will put in the report on how best we can support you in implementing those recommendations.
“We are also providing support in terms of workforce development, which is important and very much needed.”
Veljkovikj was speaking on the second day of the provincial health authority (PHA) chairman and chief executive officer forum in Port Moresby yesterday.
“The country really needs to develop a national cancer control plan to have a comprehensive approach toward cancer,” he said.
“We are very much on the mission to advocate for a national health system to establish real data for the prevalence of different cancers in your country.
“We are also trying to emphasise some prevention efforts which are very much in the remit of the PHA’s, focusing on early detection of cancer and introducing Human Papillomavirus vaccination and screening for cervical cancer.
“We are going to design some interventions at the facility level and have some school-based programmes as well.”
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