PNG hospitals to get urgently needed medical supplies

12:22 pm on 20 June 2017

Urgently needed medical supplies are being sent to provincial hospitals in Papua New Guinea following severe shortages highlighted by the National Doctors Association.

Last week, the Association warned that shortages were so acute 90 percent of the country's hospitals were on the verge of closure.

On Monday, the National newspaper reported that supplies were being rushed to Mount Hagen hospital in Western Highlands, Kundiawa in Chimbu, Alotau in Milne Bay, Modilon in Madang and Angau in Lae.

The Health Secretary Pascoe Kase told the National the urgent shipments would continue until all hospitals had sufficient stocks.

He said the health department was assisted by major medical supply companies and business partners like the airlines.

Mt Hagen Hospital, Papua New Guinea's third-largest, has run out of drugs and medical supplies as a nationwide drug shortage cripples hospitals around the country.

Mt Hagen Hospital, Papua New Guinea's third-largest, has run out of drugs and medical supplies as a nationwide drug shortage cripples hospitals around the country. Photo: EMTV

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