Medical professionals in Morobe’say people living in rural areas arethe worst affected by Malaria.
The world Health Organization (WHO) reports in its 2012 Malaria report that 100 people out of 1000 in a population are affected by this sickness in Papua New Guinea
According to WHO, the country has had over 600,000 thousand reported deaths sincethe year 2000, most ofthem fromthe rural areas.
Lae’s Angau Memorial Hospital CEO, Dr. polapai Chalau, saysthe health symposium to be hosted in Lae City in two weeks will highlight some ofthe research and developments put into malaria.
“The society will look atthe interventions and perhaps more modern techniques’ to combat this deadly disease,” he said.
The National Government’showed its support by giving K150, 000 towardsthe symposium.
Sir Puka Temu who was also health secretary for six years was atthe symposium to presentthe cheque on behalf ofthe Prime Minister.
“The private sector is outthere inthe communities,the health system isn’t working well yetoyou have better logistics,” he said.
The Morobe administration has also supportedthe cause at a cooperate fundraising dinner held at Lae’s Melanesian Hotel. It gave a total of K150, 000.
“We need everyone’s support where you can assist,” said Morobe Governor Kelly Naru.
The persistence of malaria will take its toll onthe population if not addressed properly bythe country’s health sector.
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