The Milnebay provincial government has donated K250 thousand to assist the hosting of the 52nd Medical Symposium in Cameron Secondary School in Alotau.
The Medical Society of Papua New Guinea is the main sponsor of the symposium.
“I believe giving priority to health and supporting the health development agenda in the country is the right thing to do,” Governor for Milnebay Province Hon Titus Philemon said during his welcome address at the Alotau International Hotel on Sunday (04/09/2016).
The symposium featured the theme: “The global burden of diseases and epidemiology trends in PNG.”
Philemon warned that health is fragile and the government authorities should consider and cherish health vigilantly as to avoid out-of-control situations or disasters.
“New medical catastrophes could emerge because of the reluctance of government authorities to take control of Pharmaceutical giants taking over control of medical and medicine science research and development,” he said.
“I make this point so that government authorities must now direct more focus and resources to health and the health agenda,” Philemon said.
He said that the focus of Public Health Strategies on making health as everybody’s business and the focusing on strengthening primary health care for all and improved service delivery for the rural majority and urban disadvantage was a good start.
“My appeal is that our public health system must be given priority and supported. We must provide innovative and collective approach to our fight to reduce the burden of epidemiology trends of diseases in the province and the country as a whole,” Philemon said
The governor for the province bid the guest speakers, scientists, professors and the medical fraternity a happy week-long discussion.