28 Jan 2015

PNG Health Minister seeks national emergency for TB

8:25 pm on 28 January 2015

Papua New Guinea's Health Minister says the increasing numbers of people with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis has prompted him to ask Cabinet to declare a 'national emergency'.

The newspaper, The National, says Michael Malabag and the TB taskforce team have met in Port Moresby to discuss the seriousness of the situation.

Mr Malabag says an increase in the disease could have a negative impact of the economy if nothing is done.

He says he plans to push for approval of 3 million US dollars to address multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in the Western and Gulf Provinces and the National Capital District.