A week long training workshop on capacity building for Health staff of Central Province on Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis is nearing its end in Port Moresby.
Organised by Child Fund Papua New Guinea,the training aims to fight the spread of childhood TB cases by equipping health workers with knowledge on how to manage and care for patients while on first line drugs.
Child Fund PNG says childhood TB is now a concern for the country, as the results reflect high transmission rate in communities.
Workshop Facilitator, Dr Rendi Moke, said health workers need to be equipped with the right capacity to treat patients.
Dr Moke said new cases are rising in the city with Port Moresby General Hospital recording an influx of TB patients from rural health centres in Central Province.
Dr Moke said identifying TB patients is crucial to stop spread the disease.
He said not only first line of treatment is important, but the monitoring of patients after discharging from the main TB ward at Port Moresby General Hospital.
Dr Moke said tackling childhood TB will be achieved by improving detection and treatment of TB in children by developing appropriate models of chronic care for children.
The five day training is attended by health workers all around the five districts of Central Province.