25 Oct 2012

Archbishop of Canterbury chides PNG Government over state of health system

7:38 pm on 25 October 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury says Papua New Guinea needs to mobilise every possible resource to fix its ailing healthcare system.

The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, who has been visiting PNG, says the situation of health care in many parts of the country is obviously critical and needs very urgent attention.

He says healthcare provisions in areas of the country - such as the rugged and infrastructure poor Highlands - had shrunk dramatically during the past 10 years.

The Archbishop says the willingness and expressed eagerness of the new government to address this head-on is going to be crucial over the next 10 years.

He says it is a matter of mobilising its resources and motivation.