Alarming statistics on PNG’s Population Growth

At Angau Hospital in Laethe number of births has doubled in four years. From four thousand births a year in 2009 to an annual birth average of eight thousand.

It’s a worrying statistics thatthe Chief Executive of Lae’s Angau Hospital Dr. Polapai Chalau and his staff have to deal with.

When we talk aboutthe population growth rate, many talk aboutthe rate of 2.3 percent. It’s a comfortable sounding figure but what this really means is that Papua New Guineas produce over two hundred and seventy thousand babies every year. It’sthe equivalent ofthe entire population ofthe Chimbu Province.

Dr. Chalau has painted an alarming picture ofthe Papua New Guinearsquo;s population growth.

His comments come a week after Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, announced intentions to create incentives aimed at slowing population growth. This is to encourage young people to delay having children until after 25 years old.

PNG’s increasing population has prompted a government for the first time to discuss population control measures; andthe Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has chosen to walkthe middle ground.

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