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TB Described As ‘National Emergency’ In PNG Due To Poor Access To Health Care, Rising Multidrug-Resistant Cases

Al Jazeera America: Taming one of world’s oldest diseases in fast-growing Papua New Guinea
“…Papua New Guinea has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization. The epidemic there is being described as a national emergency. In many parts of the country, including vast swaths outside of the capital, health services are scarce, the result of chronic underdevelopment, along with years of government neglect and mismanagement…” (Moran, 5/17).

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