By OGIA MIAMEL
CANCER drugs are expected to arrive in the country this week to help patients who have been waiting for treatment since April and those who have used their own money to buy them from pharmacies, Dr Peter Olali says.
Port Moresby General Hospital head of cancer and oncology services Dr Olali said the Health Department, through its medical supplies procurement and distribution branch, notified him through email that the drugs were expected this week.
He told The National that he was informed that all the cancer drugs were bought but were still in Mumbai waiting to be packed because Custom officers were on strike and did not load and fix the cargo for transportation to PNG.
“When it arrives, the Health Department will distribute it fairly before we receive our supplies. It will not come to us drectly. At least some good response came out of the publicity we did through the media,” Olali said.
“They sent a list – all those drugs which we need for the first time. I saw the list, that’s all I need. I have been giving several different drugs in parcels but now it has a full list and I said ‘excellent this is what I need’,” he said.
“There are so many patients still waiting for the drugs. We hope they arrive soon so you will be treated, there are some who are very frustrated.
“Now they will have some hope that the drugs come in time, the promise is this week so we’ll just wait and see.”
Olali appealed to non-governmental organisations and development partners who were raising funds for cancer to work in collaboration with the Health Department and cancer units in PMGH and Angau Memorial Hospital so people who need them the most help can benefit.
By OGIA MIAMEL