PNGIMR produces top quality research, Sir Isi says


THE PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) has placed the country on the world map in terms of research, Sir Isi Kevau says.
The professor is the executive dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of PNG and chairman of the PNGIMR Council.
Speaking at the farewell of director of the PNGIMR Pro Peter Siba, Sir Isi said that the institute always flew PNG’s flag high in the international arena with its ability to produce the top quality research.
Sir Isi said that the quality of the research that was being produced was due to the work of directors of the institute since its inception in 1967.
Sir Isi said that he was proud to say that the outgoing Siba had maintained that “excellent track record”.
Siba is the first Papua New Guinean to be the director of the PNGIMR in its 49-year history and has been serving the institute for the past 32 years.
Siba congratulated PNGIMR’s collaborators for their efforts in supporting the work of the institute.
He said he was proud to say that in his term, his work in capacity-building enabled Papua New Guineans to achieve higher academic qualifications such as honours, masters and philosophical doctorates in their respective area of expertise in medical research. The institute under Siba’s directorship has grown into a multi-disciplinary health research organisation where it not only focuses on clinical and laboratory work but now have new research units focused in other aspects of health such as social science.
One of PNGIMR’s study which was the first country-wide investigation of drug quality. The study found that 90 per cent of the tested medicines were of good quality, including all samples of the new first line treatment for malaria “Mala-1”, all samples of the antibiotic doxycycline and all except one sample of amoxicillin.
It was reassuring that the most important malaria treatment provided by the Department of Health is of excellent quality. The main quality problems were found in samples of another malaria drug, Primaquine, which is used in combination with Mala-1 to treat vivax-malaria.
Most antimalarial and antibiotic drugs available from public health facilities in were of good quality but, there were a few import exceptions.

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