What is healthcare in Papua New Guinea like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Medical facilities in Papua New Guinea vary greatly between larger towns and remote areas. Medical facilities in larger towns are usually adequate for routine problems and some emergencies. However, equipment failures and shortages of common medications can mean that even routine treatments and procedures (such as X-rays) may be unavailable. Medical facilities may be inaccessible in some rural areas. A hyperbaric recompression chamber for diving emergencies is available in Port Moresby. Pharmacies in Papua New Guinea are found only in urban centers. Pharmacies are generally small and may be inadequately stocked. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for medical services. Please see the U.S. Embassy website for a list of medical facilities in Papua New Guinea.

Diving injuries will almost always require medical evacuation to Australia, where more sophisticated facilities are available. Medical evacuation companies could charge thousands of dollars for transport to Australia or the U.S. If you anticipate the possible need for medical treatment in Australia, obtain a visa or entry permission for Australia in advance.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

32.8%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

60.3%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

88%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.9%

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

34,000

Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population:

.05

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

81.3%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

56.4%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

13.3%

Infectious Diseases - degree of risk:

very high

Food or Waterborne Disease (s):

bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

Vectorborne Disease (s):

dengue fever and malaria

Disability Access In Papua New Guinea

Accessibility:

In Papua New Guinea, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what you find in the United States. Papua New Guinea does not have legislation that mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities.

The road network in Papua New Guinea is in poor condition, and foot paths and road crossings in most major towns are congested. The open drainage systems that encircle most of downtown Port Moresby limit access and movement for people with disabilities.

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