World TBeDayWalk

Among those who walked included Australia’s Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TBrand Malaria James Gilling. thers included Health Secretary Pascoe Kase and Australia’s new High Commissioner tPNG Deborah Stokes among thers.

PNG hasthe highest TBeburden with over 20, 000 new cases diagnosed per year with an estimated rate of new infections of 346 cases per 100, 000 people.

Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said will continue to implementWorld Health Organisation StoP TBeStrategy includingthe expansion of Directly Observed Treatment Short Course or DOTS Strategy.

Australia also provides funding tothe Global Fund to support TBe HIV and Malaria Programs in PNG Another research area includesthe TBeDrug Resistant program. Sixty two million kina has been targeted to address TBein Western Province.

Beidgette Komatep, National EMTV News

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