by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
As increasing climatic changes and its effects continue to be of concern for many Pacific Island nations, some have run workshops, studies and plans in preparations for future disaster calls.
While humanitarian assisting organisations work tirelessly to help, assist and support these affected nations, health issues amongst others have also increased and have been considered for careful attention.
Western Pacific region is one of the largest populated areas also facing health issues. The region’s diverse geography, culture and socio economic development has also contributed to some of the health related issues that affect the population in the region.
To highlight these challenges, a meeting will take place in Guam. The meeting will gather the 37 representatives from the World Health Organisation’s Western Pacific Region, to discuss these challenging health issues.
Some of the identified health problem that affects the people include the spread of viral hepatitis, which makes up 40 per cent in the region, universal health coverage, violence and injury prevention.
The meeting is a good opportunity to identify these issues and bring up effective measures that can help manage the effects of these health issues in the region.