17 May 2012

PNG's Western Province better placed to diagnose and treat TB patients

12:19 pm on 17 May 2012

Daru Hospital in Papua New Guinea's Western Province has taken delivery of a new digital X-ray unit to strengthen its tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the unit was donated by the Australian Aid programme in PNG and will allow for faster diagnosis of TB.

Equipment allowing for diagnosis of multi-drug resistant TB in two hours, is due for delivery soon.

In addition, a sea ambulance has been delivered to Daru for outreach patrols, including for TB treatment, along the South Fly coast.

Meanwhile, the head of AusAID's PNG programme, Stuart Schaefer, says four Torres Strait Island TB clinics have repatriated patients to the Western Province health service.

77 patients have been handed over, leaving 16 Papua New Guineans in the care of Torres Strait, who will transfer next month.

The new TB ward at Daru Hospital is expected to be complete by January.