The National, Friday 03rd August 2012
By GYNNIE KERO
PAPUA New Guinea’s objective to deliver quality health and education services should be based on infrastructure strengthening, Indian High Commissioner to PNG, Dr A D Gondane told the Southern regional forum in Milne Bay yesterday.
Gondane said unless education and health facilities were strengthened, human resource could not be developed.
He said PNG’s experience in these sectors was similar to India, which had a growing population of over 1.2 billion and health care was a difficult task.
“However, India focuses on the use of natural remedies and developing their own medicine and diagnostic equipment to improve the health status and standard of living of its population,” he said.
“Moreover, the Indian government has made it its priority to establish and sustain educational institutions for the majority.”
Gondane said PNG had many natural herbs that could be used as medicine for minor illnesses.
He said India was willing to share its vast experience with PNG in development and management of the health and education sectors.
“India’s objectives in accessing quality health and education services are based on infrastructure strengthening and providing medically and technically skilled managerial personnel at all levels,” he said.
“Once the Government has an approach encompassing nutrition, sanitation, clean water and recreation, it will be the cornerstone of the preventive health and education policy.”