PNG can avoid errors done by others: Kase


HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase says Papua New Guinea can learn from other countries which had gone through the process of changes in disease pattern.
He told a medical symposium in Alotau that the country could avoid mistakes committed by others.
“One of the mistakes that is currently killing the budgets of developed countries is a focus on curative medicine while neglecting the power of preventive medicine and health promotion in reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases,” Kase said.
He urged participants at the symposium to respond to key result areas to promote healthy lifestyles.
“We need to read our National Health Plan more carefully and work harder on implementation as the call for promoting healthy lifestyles in the KRA 7 is still not properly responded to,” Kase said.
He said it was good to improvise and take appropriate steps to promote health in communities.
“Let us have a closer look at the causes of non-communicable diseases,” Kase said.
On tobacco consumption, he said a policy would be ready before end of this year.
“The use of tobacco is rampant in the country especially among young people,” he said.
“We have taken steps to get the Tobacco Bill approved. This is the start as we have to enforce the legislation (too).”
The 52nd Medical Symposium at the Cameron Secondary School in Alotau, featured the theme “The global burden of diseases and epidemiology trends in PNG”.

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