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31 May 2018

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These statistics are alarming in itself, however, the apparent total lack of interest from anyone outside the country is even more disheartening.

I still have a wife (PNG) after 42 years because we were at the time(1978) able to access a health system that was geared up to both treat locally and also transfer to Australia for more complex treatment. Something I doubt is now readily available to most PNG woman! If they don't have money or the political connections then they die!

I wish the very vocal and active women's groups throughout the world would take up their cudgels on behalf of their sisters. Perhaps it is easier to vent their fury against easier targets via the social forums and sympathetic media on issues that whilst are hurtful and upsetting to many, cannot compare to the life and death struggle faced by all neglected and persecuted women. Seems to me that women in 3rd world countries are the forgotten victims and history will condemn us for our failure to help them.

Is this message getting out to WHO? if not why not? How can PNG push this disaster onto the world stage so that the PNG politicians are forced to do something about it.

As the years roll on, public services such as health, education previously readily available to all and sundry have now shrunk to the level as reported by Matt Wade and continuing to slide whereas, I recently read about a multi millionaire PNG politician currently in a legal stoush over a luxury property development in Qld. To me this says it all!

How many millionaire PNG politicians has the political system produced since independence?

Must be careful what you post people ‘They’ are after Facebook so PNG Attitude may be next to be considered for being closed down.

After all none of the 10,000 delegates attending APEC meetings this year would know anything about real life problems in PNG. Doubt if they even have access to the I-Net back in the USA or Japan Malaysia etc . Such a pity otherwise people there could surf the net and read real life stories about PNG.

Guess none of them ever reads any of posts from remote unloved parts of PNG by Australian Doctors International,
Medicins Sans Frontieres, Youth With A Mission ships
or Chinese surgeons helping in the fight against malaria.

PNG life expectancy at birth of 65 places the nation near bottom of the WHO table at 150 of 183 nations.

Perhaps the PM and his ex-spurt advisers don’t know that the Post Courier and National newspapers have online versions where anyone in the world can read of the real living standards of the vast number of PNG citizens facing the shocking infant mortality and near-natal deaths of mothers.

After all this year’s APEC tokfest is only costing K300 million this year but don’t forget the previous years’ expenditure allegedly over K100 million. In accordance with customary funding there will be problems or scams that are bound to cause overruns in the current budgeted figures.

Surely nobody in his right mind could find any health or education project in PNG more worthy of that K400+ million expenditure. I mean it’s only two years since the cancer centre at Angau Memorial Hospital has been without the services of a radiation oncologist.

I think the APEC cultists are best summed up by last Friday’s Post Courier editorial: ‘…. the attack on the doctor last weekend has sent the wrong signals internationally of the host country for APEC 2018 and many of the damages done cannot be undone’!

They failed to express any sympathy for the ear, nose and throat registrar of Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr Dean Wahembari, who may lose sight in one of his eyes.

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