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Staff Reporter 7/10/2013 | |
At Angau Hospital in Lae the number of births has doubled in four years. From four thousand births a year in 2009 to an annual birth average of eight thousand.

It’s a worrying statistics that the Chief Executive of Lae’s Angau Hospital Dr. Polapai Chalau and his staff have to deal with.
When we talk about the population growth rate, many talk about the rate of 2.3 percent. It’s a comfortable sounding figure but what this really means is that Papua New Guineans produce over two hundred and seventy thousand babies every year. It’s the equivalent of the entire population of the Chimbu Province.

Dr. Chalau has painted an alarming picture of the Papua New Guinea’s population growth.

His comments come a week after Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, announced intentions to create incentives aimed at slowing population growth. This is to encourage young people to delay having children until after 25 years old.

PNG’s increasing population has prompted a government for the first time to discuss population control measures; and the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has chosen to walk the middle ground. EMTV

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