Company commits K120,000 to fight TB

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By CLARISSA MOI
THE Remington group has committed K120,000 to help fight tuberculosis (TB) and ensure that business houses in the country are able to use TB treatment pathways.
Chief executive officer Peter Goodwin told the media in Port Moresby yesterday that the funding would enable business for health (B4H) to extend its awareness and prevention efforts to other rural townships of the country outside the National Capital District and Morobe.
“We are very excited to be able to assist Dr Ann Clark and her B4H team,” he said. “We are working closely with B4H to ensure our sponsorship is targeted, relevant and focused toward the training of workplace champions who can impart the knowledge they learn within their organisations and in their communities.”
While acknowledging the support from Remington, B4H project manager Dr Ann Clark said the partnership would extend their work to locations outside of NCD and Morobe where the TB rate was high.
“The impact on businesses and the private sector in PNG is an increasing concern as the highest rates of transmission are observed in the economically productive age group of 15 to 45 years residing in urban areas,” she said.
“The Remington group’s sponsorship will enable the delivery of TB workplace training courses to ensure workplaces are able to use TB treatment pathways that maximise early detection, efficient testing and treatment adherence.”
Clark said they would start with West New Britain.
Port Moresby chamber of commerce and industry president Rio Fiocco also acknowledged Remington’s support towards the course.

2 comments

  • I suggest a good portion of this money must be spent on training of doctors. Nurses should be trained on nursing of TB patients and not diagnosing TB and management. Nurses run clinics have contributed to a large part of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. TB has been over-diagnosed in WNBP.
    I have stopped lots of people from taking their TB treatment because the diagnoses have been wrong in the first place. These patients are doing well without treatment.
    Dr. Kindin Ongugo MBBS, FRACP

  • I hope a lot more thought is put into making TB diagnosis. There are so many people put on TB treatment when their illness does not respond to a course of amoxyl or chloramphenicol.
    Once on TB treatment the diagnosis is final even if the patient does not get better or continues to deteriorate.
    Money should be spent on educating doctors as well as public health measures.
    PNG has failed terribly in controlling TB and HIV/AIDS even after hundreds of million of kina being used in public health campaigns using non-medically trained personnel.

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