The developing of specialist health services in PNG’s Health Department, is in the government’s rear plan.
This was announced by Finance Minister, James Marape, at a Medical Fundraising dinner last night.
His comMen’s come after former politician and founder of the Sir Buri Kidu Heart Foundation, Dame Carol Kidu, called on the government to introduce specialist health services.
The reality of limited numbers of medical specialists in the the country, continues to burden many families, and has, for many years.
The fundraising dinner held in Port Moresby, is an example of the many fundraising events Papua New Guineans go through, to seek medical help abroad.
Nineteen year old Kevlynn Komun is another example of many young PNG people, diagnosed with an open heart disease.
Since being diagnosed, she has been visiting the Sir Buri Kidu Heart Foundation for monthly medical checks.
Unfortunately, due to lack of equipment and trained doctors, the Foundation, including our hospitals, cannot perform surgeries.
But the government will be looking to address this issue.
Minister Marape announced that new cancer facilities will be given to Lae’s Angau Memorial Hospital to assist cancer patients soon.
He said, developing huge health infrastructure is a costly task for the government and K1.5 billion from the 2013 Government Budget is allocated for health services.
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