Minister of Health, Sir Puka Temu and Secretary of Health Mr Pascoe Kase, visited the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) and later visited the new Goroka Hospital wing on Friday 24th November 2017.
In welcoming the Minister and Secretary, Acting Director Dr William Pomat said, “It is an honour to have the Minister and Secretary here to visit and for staff to report on IMR’s research achievements, challenges and solutions in order to save Papua New Guinean lives.”
Appreciating the history Sir Puka Temu shared with PNGIMR; Dr Pomat expressed that, “As our Minister we look forward to implementing your vision of health for the next 5 years to improve primary health through continuing research in partnership with NDoH to improve health of Papua New Guineans.”
Status reports of research conducted on pneumonia, enteric diseases, sexually transmitted infections, women’s health, vector borne and health systems and translation of these researches to policy were presented to the Minister and Secretary by scientific unit heads.
The Health Minister congratulated the staff and said, ” I believe in this Institution and the research that has been done by IMR is impressive and I take this opportunity to pay tribute to all the former directors for their collective efforts to maintain the high standard of research by the Institute.”
The Health Minister promised to organize a time for IMR researchers to present their reports to the other members of parliament in early 2018.
In support of the Institute’s upcoming celebration, the Health Minister said, “as IMR will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year we will look forward to how we can improve the Institute to ensure we continue to support the outstanding work PNGIMR is doing.”