THE Papua New Guinea Society for Rural and Remote Health president Dr Hogande Kiafuli says there is an increasing need for more doctors and health workers in the country’s rural areas.
“If the rural majority are unable to have access to a doctor, then let us enable a doctor to have access them,” he said.
“In the long run, we need to have locally-trained doctors to be based in the rural areas and remain in the district hospitals,” he said.
Kiafuli told The National that the PNG Society for Rural and Remote Health existed to be “a voice for the health services provided in the rural areas of country.”
“The PNG Society for Rural and Remote Health a professional society composed of doctors and other health professionals serving with passion in the rural areas,” he said.
“We mainly advocates for the rural health services in our country.
“Our primary focus now is to advocate for more doctors to be recruited to, and be retained in the rural hospitals.
“The employers must support them; we as a society try to support them with professional connection and continuing medical education.”
Kiafuli said there were four common factors that could motivate and keep doctors in rural areas:
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