PNG LNG Company Moves To Improve Pediatric Medicine

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$3.1 million initiative aimed at bolstering health care training

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 4, 2013) – The PNG Liquefied Natural Gas company has launched a US$3.1 million (K6.9 million) initiative to improve paediatric medicine in the country.

The child and maternal health care programme which began earlier this month and led by Houston-based Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in partnership with PNG LNG, was launched in Port Moresby yesterday by the Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag.

The two-year programme is aimed at strengthening education and training in maternal and paediatric health care, and reducing infant mortality rates beyond progress already made.

Esso Highlands Ltd managing director Peter Graham said PNG LNG valued the opportunity to support remarkable doctors with world-class expertise in public, paediatric and maternal health care.

"The training they will provide to health care providers in the country will help build a foundation for improved health care in PNG and reduce mortality rates among infants and young children," he said.

The programme funding supports the deployment of health specialists to the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Doctors will provide teaching support to strengthen the education and training of current and future health care professionals.

Chief operating officer and senior vice-president of BCM International Paediatric AIDS Initiative at TCH Michael Mizwa said the programme would build the capacity of the medical school’s education and training in paediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and public health.

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