Author: Paula DAVID

One of the major undertakings of the government in the Education Sector is the full upgrade of the current school of Medicine and Health Sciences to be the new PNG University of Medicine and Health Sciences, says the Minsiter for Finance and Planning Rainbo Paita. This was announced when the 2023 budget was drawn out at parliament. “This is a project is a priority investment of this government and we have committed a total of K50 million to go towards the new PNG University of Medicine and Health Sciences, says Minister Paita.” This when established will ensure increased number of…

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The government has announced it will commence the construction of a 395 bed provincial hospital for the Central Province with an allocation of K50 million from the K258 million Provincial Health Authority Investment. The Minister for Finance and Planning Rainbo Paita said this when the 2023 Budget was drawn down at parliament yesterday afternoon. He said it is the first budget for the 11th parliament and is the largest budget in PNG’s history at K24.5 billion. Minister Paita said, boosting investments in the health and education sectors equates to a more productive society and a growing economy. “The health sector…

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The JICA Chair program on Japanese Modernization administered at the University of Papua New Guinea, for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding between JICA and UPNG on Wednesday this week. UPNG Vice-Chancellor Professor Frank Griffin said, the program was on and off but with the official signing of the MoU at the UPNG Council room between UPNG and JICA they will now be consistent and ensure activities are delivered. “With this formalization process this allows us to engage in a more active way to assist one another’s interest in making sure that what…

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The Papua New Guinean University of Technology’s (PNGUOT) Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Association hosted a mental health awareness program last week. Mental health is very important as it includes one’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how one thinks, feel, and act. It also helps determine how they handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood Director of Society of Women Engineer Association Ms. Philomena Fowler said since the establishment of the association last year, they have been carrying out mental health…

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Over 200 midwives across the country kicked off the PNG Midwifery Society 4th national symposium that will run for 3days with the theme: “Impact of Covid-19 on maternal New-born and Child Health.” The future of this country depends on good healthy people and that all comes down to our health system and health workers as human resource is the most important resource of any country. PNG Midwifery Society Interim President Sr. Mary Sitaing said the sole purpose of this symposium is to bring together midwifes to equip them with the growing knowledge and skills to tackle the number of maternal…

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Ahead of their Women’s Rugby League World Cup match against Australia, the PNG Santos Orchids Captain Elsie Albert said the girls are reallly excited and nervous at the same time, as this would be their first ever semi-final world cup match on Tuesday 15th at 3am PNG time, in York. “We’re pretty much excited because were going up against Australia in the semi-finals, says Albert.” As one of the NRLW based players, Elsie has encouraged her team mates to stay focus as they approach their semi-final match against Australia’s Jillaroos during one off their training sessions. “The best thing I’d…

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The 2022 Paws Walk hosted by RSPCA is an annual event staged to bring together Dog Lovers and many participants especially families, for a walk around Ela Beach to raise funds for their educational awareness programs and the sheltered animals they have at the RSPCA pound and clinic. RSPCA’s Administration Manager Karen Swale said the walk started at 7am Saturday morning and all though there were not many participants as expected there was still a good turn out and the walk still pushed through. Swale said, due to COVID, they have put a pause to their events especially the annual…

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The 2022 Eastern Papua Cup (EPC) kicked off its annual tournament with games and a reconciliation and peace ceremony for the fight that happened on Kiriwina Island and to also respect the fallen members of EPC Association over the last 2 years. EPC President Dr. Linus Digim’rina said that the initial kick-off for the senior men’s & women’s games started off yesterday, 12th Saturday November, with a total of 39 teams registered. The tournament will run for 5weeks at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) oval. “We have registered 39 teams from the 16 clubs already, but I won’t be…

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Joining over 120, 000 grade 8 students nationwide from 3, 433 primary schools, the students from the Coronation primary school in the nation’s capital sat their first paper today to kick off the examination week. Unlike the grade 10-12’s exams which ran for a week, the grade 8 national examinations will be on for only 4 days form the 24th-27th of October. Coronation Primary Head Teacher Mr. Tavera Seka said, they have a total of 425 students sitting for the exams. “The students sat for their written expression paper this morning, tomorrow will be Math, Wednesday will be English and…

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PNG Kumuls got off to a good start with skipper Rhyse Martin stamping his leadership mark when he entered the Tongan try line to launch the first World Cup try for his side in their first match against Mate Ma’a Tonga this morning at St Helen’s Wicked Stadium. In front of 10, 409 fans, the Kumuls delivered to expectation despite having a few missed opportunities that could have earned them their first win of the series. PNG never gave up the fight in trying to match a fast- paced Tongan outfit to level the scores in the 67th minute, but…

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