Papua New Guinea Minister for Health and Dr. Lino Tom was pleased to reiterate the organizations undying pledge to fight cancer cases in the country, as articulated in the National Health Plan 2021-2030.
With cancer having a profound impact on the individuals and their families and communities, placing a heavy burden on our health system.
Papua New Guinea Ministry of Health still remains affirmed and committed at the highest level of reducing cancer mobility and mortality,
Significant steps have been taken towards achieving our vision of having PNG’s First comprehension cancer centre in operation by 2025 as cancer is a priority for the Marape-Rosso Government.
Dr. Tom expressed his gratitude with thanks and announced the government’s commitment to the upgrading project for facility and equipment, delivering a total of K105 million to the PNG National Cancer Center (PNGNCC) since 2022.
The bill will be distributed to focus on essential aspects of the project as follows.
• K50 million for critical phase in the third period of construction.
• K38 million for cancer equipment.
• K17 million for the brachytherapy (International radiation treatment)
Once all funding is in place, in the second quarter of 2025 the national cancer centre anticipates that it will be ready to receive its first patient.
In alignment with the global institution the National Department of Health and the Port Moresby General Hospital are building national health force capacity to deliver specialist cancer services.
The Marape-Rosso Government will continue to be proactive to cancer awareness as a priority health issue, through support for complementary initiatives to deliver high quality, affordable cancer service for Papua New Guinean to strengthen prevention, screening, and early detection of cancer.