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Papua New Guinea facing Tuberculosis crisis

Papua New Guinea facing Tuberculosis crisis

Updated 10 February 2015, 11:16 AEDT

Papua New Guinea is facing a health crisis with medical officials warning that multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is such a serious public health threat that will become an unmanageable national disaster if it's not addressed soon.

PNG has one of the highest rates of both drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB cases in the world.

An emergency taskforce committee has been set up to combat the growing number of people infected with the drug-resistant disease.

Deputy Secretary of Health, Dr Paison Dakulala, says his department doesn't know exactly how many have been infected, but what they've been seeing amounts to a huge challenge for health officals.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr Paison Daukulala, Deputy Health Secretary, Papua New Guinea

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