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TB in PNG being neglected

TB in PNG being neglected

Updated 8 July 2014, 10:35 AEST

Health experts are calling for tuberculosis to be declared as a public health emergency in Papua New Guinea.

There are 15,000 new cases of tuberculosis recorded annually in PNG and the World Health Organisation says nearly a quarter of those cases are fatal.

Dr Suparat Phuanukoonnon was part of a team from the PNG Institute of Medical Research that conducted a seven-month study in three regions.

She says their findings reveal that TB is poorly understood in the country, many people die without it ever being diagnosed, and that better awareness is the key.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speaker: Dr Suparat Phuanukoonnon, medical researcher

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