The National, Thursday 25th April 2013
AUSTRALIAN Governor-General Quentin Bryce shares the concern of local health authorities and international partners about tuberculosis continuing to be one of the major health problems in the country.
She visited the Port Moresby’s St John Hospital at Gerehu yesterday where she was given a tour of the TB clinic and the children’s ward.
Curative health director for the NCD Health Services Dr Jerry Tanumei and World Vision country director Dr Curt von Boguslawski gave a brief presentation on the health services in the city and public health issues faced by the country.
Bryce said if people did not have good health, they would not have a good education and employment.
She said access to health services was a basic human right to ensure people enjoy good health.
Bryce was inspired by how international non-government organisations, the government and donor partners were working together to address health issues such as TB.
“I’m inspired by the coming together of these organisations to work towards prevention of the disease with care for the people and with so much dedication and commitment.”
She was also pleased to visit mothers and children at the children’s ward.
She commended that staff for their care and support towards patients saying it portrayed the organisation’s motto of “first to care”.
Bryce commended World Vision for its effort in helping TB patients.
“As patron of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund that looks at TB, malaria and HIV/AIDS, I’m very privileged to be involved with such organisations.
“I want to assure you of the support and commitment from the people of Australia for the work in PNG. We’re neighbours and we have so much to contribute to delivering health services.”
Bryce presented medical supplies to Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag.