Author Archives: rodney itaki

About rodney itaki

I am a medical doctor from Papua New Guinea. My posts focuses on current and emerging health issues in PNG and the Pacific.

“Em sik blo ples” – What is the role of medical science in sorcery related killings in Papua New Guinea?

“Em sik blo ples”, these are words sometimes uttered by healthcare workers if the cause of an illness cannot be found. Sometimes when healthcare workers don’t know the cause or they do not have the diagnostic capabilities to test and … Continue reading

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Implementing Universal Health Care (UHC), Primary Health Care (PHC) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges for Papua New Guinea.

According the World Health Organization (WHO) the 6 building blocks of any health systems are: 1. Service delivery 2. Health workforce (HR) 3. Information 4. Medical products, technologies and vaccines 5. Financing 6. Leadership and governance I have noted that … Continue reading

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A short report on the impact of the American Society for Hematology (ASH) Visitor Training Program (VTP) on the diagnosis of malignant hematology at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Papua New Guinea.

The challenge Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is the only teaching hospital in Papua New Guinea. Laboratory diagnosis of malignant and benign hematopathological conditions is based on cytomorphological analysis. Sometime in 2015 a multi-color flowcytometry analyzer was purchased to allow … Continue reading

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Primary healthcare practitioners must enhance community collective health consciousness to improve health literacy

Being health conscious is the awareness one has towards his/her diet, general life style and their general well being and how to stay healthy. Primary healthcare practitioners are well placed to improve one’s health consciousness. Regardless of what cadre of … Continue reading

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Why So Few Cases of COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea?

What is the effect of climate and temperature on COVID-19 transmission? That is the trillion dollar question as recently highlighted in an article by Think Global Health. In another article published in The Jarkata Post, a team of researchers concluded … Continue reading

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