China To Help Papua New Guinea Eliminate Malaria

Celebration in Port Moresby marks 40th anniversary of relations

By Isaac Nicholas

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 28, 2016) – China will support Papua New Guinea in eliminating malaria in the country.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was sick and could not attend the 40 anniversary of ties between PNG and China, the launching of the International Convention Centre and to celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (1949-2016).

Sports and National Events Minister Justin Tkatchenko, who read the PM’s statement at the event, said that a partnership program negotiated by Health Minister Michael Malabag, would help to eliminate malaria.

“Working with China, and in particular the province of Guanzouh, we will be launching a program to eliminate malaria province-by-province in our country. Malaria is one of the most common diseases affecting the majority of our rural people, as well as the disadvantaged in our urban areas. The disease has its worst impact on our children and young mothers.

“But the reality is that we can fight malaria and reduce the cost to our society.

“No one should die from malaria, and the disease can be overcome though both prevention and treatment,” Mr Tkatchenko said.

As part of this program, China would assist with resources, and train and build technical capacity in Papua New Guinea for malarial control and elimination.

In targeted areas, medication would be rolled out, particularly using Arte-quick - a fourth-generation anti-malarial compound that has proven effective in other locations.

China has proven success in eliminating malaria in parts of Africa and Asia where this program has been active.

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