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Sunday, December 30, 2012

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By: Bradley Gregory

The National Capital District has seen a huge reduction in the HIV prevalence rate in the city.

Previously, the HIV prevalence rate was two persons per one hundred people. However, this has been lowered to zero.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop welcome the report attributing outcome to strong commitment from the National Aids council, and its partners.

The Governor yesterday presented 30 thousand Kina to the Committee as well as a 49-thousand Kina truck.

He is quite pleased with the efforts of the NCD- AIDS Committee, in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Parkop says, despite Port Moresby being a big city with many challenges, the HIV prevalence rate has lowered.

He adds, there are still many challenges that the authorities have to tackle, one of which is to get people for voluntary blood test. While this may be easy for people in other provinces, it is still difficult to convince people in Port Moresby to go for checks.

Mr Parkop says, now with the United Nations goal of zero percent in the next five years, and with NCD’s current progress, achieving it is inevitable.

He has expressed confidence in the people of NCD in the fight against HIV and assured his Commission’s commitment in supporting the cause. NBC

Outbreak still unknown


More people are being infected by the malaria type disease outbreak in East New Britain as health authorities await results from blood samples sent to the Medical Research Institute.

As the wait continues for the identification of the disease, the number of infections increase at hot spots around the province.

Health Advisor, Nicholas Larme says Tapipi health centre in the Toma Vunadidir Local level government is seeing around 150 to 200 patients daily with symptoms of high fever, muscle and joint aches including skin rashes.

Mapping out the disease has been conducted by the health response task force for the outbreak, since the first case was reported, at Gelegele health centre, 5 weeks prior to the PNG Games in Kokopo.

Reports of the disease have also come from Vunapaka, Butuwin clinic, Vunapope hospital, Rabaul town clinic and Nonga Hospital.

In the meantime, Rapid Diagnostic Testing kits for testing blood slides for malaria, are used at all health facilities with adequate medical supplies to systematically treat the symptoms.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

FOREIGN NURSES IN PNG

By: Rose Amos (NBC)

The government's decision to bring foreign health workers as come to fruition with three male nurse from Philippines already in the country.

The three nurses are currently working at the newly opened Accident and Emergency Unit at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill met the foreign nurses when officiating the opening of the new Accident and Emergency Unit on Monday. 

Peter O'Neill says he is happy to see them.

He says there is a shortage of workforce in the country and this arrangement is to fill the gap.

When asked about national health workers terms and condition, Mr O'Neill boldly says the Department of Personal management has been directed to look into their issues but says it will not worked over night.

Other leaders, including Health and HIV AN AIDS minister Michael Malabag, NCD governor Powes Parkop and the hospital executives also met the foreign nurses.