According to Papua New Guinea’s Institute of Medical Research, cervical cancer kills 1, 500 women a year, more than any other cancer, at a rate among the highest in the world.
With that in mind, Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso raised concerns about the need to increase the number of cancer treatment facilities in the country.
At the moment, Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae has the only cancer treatment facilities after the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Whether it is mouth cancer, cervical cancer or breast cancer, many Papua New Guineans need cancer treatment in the country, instead of spending so much money overseas in search of better health treatments.
Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso raised this concern in the parliament.
A commitment of K2 million is set aside by the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government for cancer treatment facilities in the Province.
Health Minister Michael Malabag in response admitted that Lae’s Angau Hospital had the country’s only cancer treatment facilities, but it will be soon upgraded as part of the government’s move to improve the hospital.
But even if the facilities are in Lae and Port Moresby, many people won’t be able to access them.
Member for Anglimp South Joe Koim queried if Cancer Treatment Facilities can be spread out in the four regions of the country.
Minister Malabag assured parliament, that the government will see it through and announced that a Specialist Women and Children’s Wing will also be set up at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
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