THE Government is committed to improving the health of all people in the
country with special focus on mother and child health care, an expert
Dr Norbert Rehlis is the acting maternal and child health team leader
from the World Health Organisation’s country office in Papua New Guinea.
He told a national health conference in Port Moresby last week that it was
important to achieve a significant reduction in the under-five and maternal
mortality in the country.
In 2010, the Government launched the National
Health Plan (2011-2020) which stated clearly the directions to improve
maternal and child health in the country.
These include the prevention of childhood diseases by strengthening national immunisation programmes,
improvement of care of newborns, prevention and treatment of all forms of
malnutrition in children, improving coverage of family planning, increasing the
number of supervised deliveries and reducing adolescent pregnancies.
Rehlis said according to UN Inter-agency Group for child mortality estimation, PNG was
not on track to achieve Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.
He said to achieve these goals required increased political commitment, use of more
resources, strengthening leadership of Government and better coordination of
responsibilities among mother and child health stakeholders.