PM praises Prof Lavu

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Evelynn Lavu

PRIME Minister James Marape has described the late pathologist Prof Evelyn Lavu as an outstanding daughter of the nation.
Marape paid tribute to Prof Lavu, who died last week.
Marape said Prof Lavu was a leading pathologist in the Pacific, a leader in the fields of genetics, diagnostics and the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Papua New Guinea at the time of her death. She was recently conferred professorship.
“As the first and only female medical professor in our country, her promotion to this esteemed position was demonstration of her calibre and a proud occasion for PNG,” he said.
“Through her many roles in an outstanding career, Prof Lavu made a tremendous contribution as a clinician and a leader in health and medical research.”
Marape said in Prof Lavu’s positions as director of the Central Public Health Laboratory in the Medical Society of Papua New Guinea and as chair of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Prof Lavu had helped shape the healthcare future the country.
“I was always impressed by Prof Lavu, who in our last meeting only a few weeks ago, provided a most succinct and accurate briefing on the ongoing challenges we face from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
“Despite the many challenges facing our country in the health care sector, Prof Lavu was tireless in her work to ensure correct advises came to government and never let obstacles get in her way.
“She provided a great example for girls and women across our nation, demonstrating that when you set your dreams and goals high and work hard, there is no achievement that is beyond your reach.
“Being an outstanding doctor in national health care, Prof Lavu never forgot her humble beginnings and was the president of her local village health programme.
“In this role she gave her time and energy to help women and girls.”