Aust gives K10m for care centre

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THE Australian government through the Incentive Fund has allocated K10 million to the Catholic Health Services to build a palliative care centre in Port Moresby.
Palliative care, according to the World Health Organisation, is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illnesses.
The 30-bed facility will be called the Supportive Living Centre and will offer palliative care for sick people and a support system to assist families care for terminally-ill relatives at home.
Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis said his government was committed to strengthening the PNG health sector.
“Health service delivery is a key focus for both Australia and Papua New Guinea governments so as the empowerment of women and girls who will greatly benefit through this project,” Davis said. He saluted the work of the Catholic Health Services in the country.
Health Secretary Pascoe Kase said this was the first palliative care centre in PNG.
“For Papua New Guinea and especially Port Moresby, this is a milestone development and is in accordance with our National Health plan objective of increasing individuals and community’s involvement in their own health,” Kase said.

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