THE pathology section plays a vital role in any hospital, Health Secretary Paso Kase says.
He told the Public Accounts Committee inquiry that the country needed more pathology sections in urban and rural medical facilities.
Committee chairman John Hickey asked Kase why pathology work was carried out in Australia and not in PNG.
Kase said the Health Department had a laboratory that dealt with all the pathology work. But due to lack of facilities, most of the findings and testings had to be done in Australia.
He said after the budget review, they would take up the issue and build pathology sections in all rural hospitals where they would carry out all testings.
He said they could conduct this in their own areas rather than sending everything to the central laboratory.
“With next year’s budget of K106 million, the Health Department will be working with the church-run health services in the rural areas,” he said.
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