A Papua New Guinea MP Sam Basil has challenged a report about health care as misleading because it fails to cover the entire country.
According to the newspaper The National, rural people are suffering for want of better medical services.
Mr Basil said PNG doesn't have an effective way of collecting data and the glowing Millennium Development Goals report presented by the National Planning Minister does not reflect the true status of health in the country.
The MP said the report only covered Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen.
He said overall, PNG does not fulfil any of the global MDG targets, however significant progress had been made.
Mr Basil said PNG still needs 89 doctors in the 89 districts, 314 health extension officers in the 314 local level governments, and 3,000-plus village birth attendants and community health workers in every ward area of Papua New Guinea.