The National Department of Health and World Health Organization (WHO) are currently conducting a planning and training workshop for health workers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
And the region is the first in Papua New Guinea that the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is being piloted in.
Secretary of the ABG Department of Health Mr Clement Totavun said this workshop comes with a package of essential care for Non Communicable Diseases and it will help the ABG Health Department design appropriate interventions to prevent such infections.
Mr Totavun said PNG and Bougainville is faces a huge issue of NCD’s as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases and many other non-communicable diseases.
He said the package will assist the department to come up with developing implementation plan on how to control NCD, to look at essential medicines and devices to use in the care of NCD, look at roles of workers within the department and will help the ABG Health department develop a operating manuel for NCD that will be used in health centres, aid post and hospitals.
“The ABG is assisting with the approval of K200, 000.00 and WHO with the technical and funding assistance and the National Government is assisting with technical assistance,” said Mr Totavun.
He said the pilot screening program that was completed in June this year all throughout the region and data analysis is currently being done and the results will be presented to the governments and WHO and then the program can be extended.