By STARZA PAUL
Many people are continuing to die from curable diseases that need urgent intervention from health authorities in provinces and districts, says a health worker.
Ms Josphine Ngee, a health worker with the church-run Kompiam Baptist Hospital in Enga told the Sunday Chronicle on Friday that curable diseases like cervix cancer and malaria are killing people in rural areas like Elem-Yambaetok, Wali-Taula and Yangis in Kompiam-Ambum District.
“We are doing everything we can by using the available antibiotics to contain these curable diseases but we also need urgent intervention externally.
“These are very remote and isolated areas in the district, accessible by air transport and sometimes it becomes so costly that it takes months or years before we could make another visit or clinic to these places,” she said.
Ms Ngee said due to the isolation, many people, especially mothers, children and the aged die needlessly because of unavailability of health workers to tend to them or lack of antibiotics.
“It is saddening when told that many people have died because there was no health worker to tend to them or no medicine.
“On a daily basis mothers, children and the old are dying from these curable diseases like cervical cancer, malaria, malnutrition and others which could be cured if there were enough health outposts with enough antibiotic,” she said.
Meanwhile, National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru said recently that immunisations for diseases such as cervix cancer will start next yea9.
He was quoted saying that the immunisation rate in the country was low at 30 per cent and there was need to carry out more immunisation programmes, nutrition and more awareness on preventions and bring this up to 80 per cent and above like other countries.
Mr Maru said that the government’s 2018-2022 Medium Term indicated there will be 174 community health posts planned throughout the country.
Similarly, Health and HIV Aids Minister Sir Puka Temu said that the government has allocated millions of kina into the department in the 2019 National Budget and the department’s target areas could be the rural areas.