A VISITING Australian physician says there is a need for trained local physician in the country’s health sector and is urging science students to take up the challenge.
Dr Tony Knittel said every health centre needed a physician who knew how to come up with planning systems as well as technical aspects of modern machines which were being used to treat diseases such as cancer. Knittel, who is a volunteer at the National Cancer Treatment Centre at Angau Hospital in Lae, said he could not train any as the centre and the hospital did not have their own physician.
“There is a need for more specialists training, especially for physician. I hope students have interest in this,” Knittel said.
“There is no medical physician in Papua New Guinea. It is a post-graduate study, for four years, in Australia to become a medical physician and includes academic studies and programme work.
“Students have to appear on the scene first before expressing desire for scholarships, the time to start is now.”
He said another good option for training Papua New Guineans was through the internet