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Polio outbreak confirmed in Papua New Guinea

Polio outbreak confirmed in Papua New Guinea

A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization reported Monday. Papua New Guinea had been certified polio-free since 2000, along with the rest of WHO’s Western Pacific Region. The virus was suspected as the cause of lower limb weakness in a 6-year-old boy in Morobe Province in April; in May, the diagnosis was confirmed. The same strain of virus was detected in stool specimens of two healthy children living in the community by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the outbreak on Friday. The total of three cases prompted the declaration of an outbreak. Read on….

World Environment Day Clean-a-thon

World Environment Day Clean-a-thon

World Environment Day on June 5 was marked in various ways throughout the country and in Mt Hagen, the day was marked with a clean-a-thon in the city. Youths from the Mt Hagen branch of the West Enga Foundation, a Non-Government Organisation based in Port Moresby commemorated the day on 12th June by leading the public to clean up the city under the theme, “clean homes – clean lives”. Continue Reading

New delivery beds for Labour Ward

New delivery beds for Labour Ward

Expectant mothers admitted to the Labour Ward of Mt Hagen Hospital will now be using new and more comfortable beds to deliver. The Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) has purchased eight new electronically-operated delivery beds for the labour ward, aimed at helping expectant mothers to make themselves comfortable while preparing to deliver. Continue Reading

Dei District donates food to Mt Hagen Hospital

Dei District donates food to Mt Hagen Hospital

Mt Hagen Hospital was blessed with food and vegetables recently when the Dei District Administration in Western Highlands made a surprise visit and donated the food items. The items included kaukau, taros, yams, bananas, cabbages and other vegetables. The food items were part of a collection of food and vegetables that had been collected by the people of Western Highlands to donate to the people of Hela Province who had been affected by the February 26 earthquake. Continue Reading