NINETY five per cent of children with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) acquired it through parent to child transmission (PTCT), an official says.
Health specialist at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Dr Gabra Safiyanu said PTCT was the transmission of HIV from an infected parent to the baby during pregnancy, labour, delivery and breast feeding.
Dr Safiyanu said this could be reduced through the Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission (PPTCT) programme.
“Perinatal transmission can be reduced to as low as two per cent with a fully-functional PPTCT programme,” he said.
“As long as women are not tested and put on ART, more babies will be infected with HIV.”
He has encouraged pregnant women to get tested during antenatal clinics to prevent babies from HIV and reduce the PTCT transmission of HIV.
“Get tested for HIV and other disease,” he said.
PUANG Sub Health Centre (PSHC) in Nuku, West Sepik, has been closed for about three weeks because it has run out of medicines.
PSHC chairman and a local from Puang, Zackery Muki, said patients were sent back home and told to help themselves.
“Right now the catchment which this health facility is looking after has about 15,000 people in zone four of the Yangkok local level government in Nuku, they find no option but to stay home and help themselves with what they can,” Muki said.
Papua New Guinea PRIME Minister James Marape says the shortage of medicine in the country is caused by the system in the Health Department to the World Bank in relation to foreign currency exchange.
“It’s not about money, we have the money there but the system in place is delaying the whole process,” Marape said in Port Moresby on Friday.
He said they had K14 million in foreign exchange currency available in the bank.
“The delay in receiving medicine is through the ordering processes with the Health Department and to the bank where they have their own processes and they need to tick off.”
He said one of his Government’s greatest achievements was the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
“This is an independent body working together with the police commissioner investigating into corruption,” he said.
EAST Sepik Governor Allan Bird says six foreign doctors will be brought to work at the Sir Michael Somare Memorial Hospital in Wewak.
Bird said this would increase the number of doctors in the province from 36 to 42.
The governor said that his administration was improving health services incrementally and although it did not seem like a big change the additional doctors would help boost healthcare.
Bird said the increase in doctors was facilitated with the help of the World Bank.
He added that his administration would also commit K10 million annually for the maintenance of various health facilities in the province.
Bird conceded that development in the province was slow and this was due in large part to the administrative processes which followed guidelines and strictures for approval.
“We have no issue with the money because this year’s budgets have increased due to the increase of internal revenue through people engaging in vanilla,” he said.
THE United Kingdom (UK) has announced an additional £210 million (about K1 billion) until 2025, through the UK’s Fleming Fund – to support 24 countries in Africa and Asia, including PNG, tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR).
AMR is responsible for the deaths of 1.2 million people globally, making it a leading cause of death around the world, higher than HIV/AIDs and malaria.
The Fleming Fund programme in PNG, implemented by the Burnet and Doherty Institutes, has spent around K20 million since 2019 refurbishing human and animal health laboratories in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka and Rabaul, establishing strong AMR surveillance systems and training Papua New Guinean microbiologists.
PNG's MORESBY South MP Justin Tkatchenko says the Indonesian government has allocated K60 million for the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH).
Tkatchenko announced this recently during the swearing-in of the Operation Open Heart (OOHF) Foundation board members.
“We secured K60 million for Port Moresby General Hospital for different projects, they are going to be rolled out shortly as per the hospital’s requirements,” he said.
“We are happy to facilitate that with the Prime Minister James Marape and with the team coming from Jakarta in the next couple of weeks to look at the PMGH and what needs to be done and secured,” he said.
The MP was expected to be with Marape in Indonesia this week to help facilitate the funding.
WE are not seeing kidney disease in a bigger scale because people are not coming forward to have the kidney assessment done a doctor says.
A member of the board of Papua New Guinea Kidney Foundation, Dr Mathias Sapuri said people did not go to kidney clinics.
Dr Sapuri, also the vice chairman of the National Health Board, said that was because the country did not have many kidney clinics.
He said that during the signing of the memorandum of agreement between PNGKF and West New Britain health authority (PHA) to set up a kidney dialysis centre at Kimbe in WNB.
“Provincial hospitals may do the basic things but can’t do much because there is no dialysis so what happens is, you go home and you wait to die,”he said.
“The statistics are there, they show that this is a huge problem in PNG.”
Sapuri said a simple disease like malaria could destroy the kidney in no time.
“And malaria is a big problem in our country,” he said.
“People with severe malaria die from kidney failure.
FORMER prime minister Peter O’Neill has urged the Government to prioritise basic medicine before overseas travels.
Ialibu-Pangia MP O’Neill said he was outraged by the numerous reports coming to him of the lack of basic medicine and health supplies around the country.
He claimed that about K10 million had been wasted this past week on expensive overseas trips, yet hospitals and health centres lacked basic medicine.
“What sort of Christian country are we when the head of our government ignores the begging of our people for basic medicines and instead, turns his attention to making sure 102 of his entourage are well looked after on their around-the-world jaunt?” O’Neill said in a statement.
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.
OF the 4,500 positions allocated to the Papua New Guinea Health Department last year to increase its workforce, 2,000 will be given to the provincial health authorities, according to its secretary, Dr Osborne Liko.
He told The National yesterday during the second day of the Provincial Health Authority (PHA) chairmen and chief executive officers forum in Port Moresby that they had a plan in place.
“We recently developed a health policy that outlines how the 2,000 positions will be distributed to each PHA from which they can boost their provincial health workforce,” he said.
Liko said one area they were focusing on was the Village Health Assistance (VHA) programme.
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