IRIN Asia | Bednet indifference threatens PNG progress on malaria | Papua New Guinea | Health & NutritionPosted: February 15, 2013
Papua New Guinea (PNG) could face an upsurge in malaria cases due to overly relaxed attitudes to the use of bednets, health experts warn.
“Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don’t,” Susan Kake, 45, said outside her hut in Masumave, a village of 2,000 largely subsistence farmers in PNG’s remote Eastern Highlands Province. “If I’m going to get it, I’m going to get it.”
The country has made progress in stemming the disease’s spread in the past few years, but such fatalism is worrying.
According to PNG’s National Health Information System, 500-700 people die annually from malaria – the country’s second most common cause of hospital admissions, says the Department of Health.