Tuberculosis (TB) is on of the leading causes of sickness and death for Papa New Guinea (PNG), which has one of the lowest health statues in the Pacific region.
Yet the Australian Federal Government and the Queensland State Government have recently decided to close two clinics that treat PNG nationals for TB on the Australian islands of Boigu and Sabai, near the PNG mainland.
Given the poor conditions of Daru General Hospital in the Western province of PNG, the region is reliant on the health clinics.
This is not good enough by our Governments. If they are to go ahead with the closure of the clinics, they must commit to significantly aiding health services on the PNG mainland over a prolonged period.
Write to the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon, expressing your concern for TB sufferers and others in need of better health services in PNG.