Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health Supported by ByJo Chandler Nov. 13, 2018 PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Polio was vanquished by the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea 18 years ago. Now, as world leaders gather there for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting this week, polio has returned — on top of raging drug-resistant epidemics of tuberculosis, malaria and H.I.V., and deadly flash points of preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles. All over the country, there are symptoms of a profound public health emergency; young and old are getting sick and dying unnecessarily, while facilities lack basic medicines and equipment. Doctors and experts say the unfolding crisis is the realization of their worst fears after years of … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea Is Rich in Resources but Poor in Health
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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck remote New Britain island in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, though there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of the town of Rabaul at a depth of almost 40 km, just before 7 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Wednesday). "We felt the earthquake a bit, but it was not too strong," Constable Roy Michael told Reuters by phone from Rabaul police station. He said there was no damage in the town, but officers had not yet been able to contact villages closer to the epicenter. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves less than 0.3 meter high could be expected on coastlines in Papua New Guinea and neighboring Solomon Islands. Australia's Tsunami Warning Center said its coastlines were not at risk. The quake was initially recorded with a magnitude of 7.3 but was downgraded. At least two aftershocks with a magnitude greater than 5 shortly followed. In March, a 6.6 magnitude quake … [Read more...] about Earthquake of magnitude 7 hits Papua New Guinea: USGS
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Strong earthquakes struck Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. The quake in Papua raised the possibility of a local tsunami, although authorities said there was no significant tsunami threat to Hawaii or the wider Pacific region. The magnitude 7.0 quake in Papua New Guinea struck about 118 kilometers (73 miles) east of Kimbe, West New Britain, on the Pacific island nation. It was followed by aftershocks of magnitude 5.7 and 5.9. Just over an hour later, a magnitude 6.3 quake hit farther northeast on the island. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center oceanographer David Walsh said any tsunami from the earthquake would only affect areas immediately around the epicenter. Scientists don't have tide gauges close to the where the earthquake happened and weren't able to say whether any tsunamis were generated. Walsh said areas farther away are unlikely to be affected because the earthquake isn't … [Read more...] about Strong quakes strike Papua New Guinea, Bali
DEEP within the jungle of Papua New Guinea there is an ancient initiation tradition that turns boys not into men, but into crocodiles. Here's what we know about the skin-cutting ritual and the Chambri people who practise the ritual. What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual? Crocodile scarification is an initiation for boys entering manhood during which their skin is cut and scarred to represent the scales of a crocodile. The Chambri tribe believes they descend from the crocodile - a spiritual and symbolic animal throughout Papua New Guinea - and this process recognises this ancestral connection. The ancient myth tells the story of how crocodiles migrated from the Sepik River onto land to eventually become humans. To become an adult, the young initiate first joins his uncle in a spirit house, where he is held down while tribal leaders make hundreds of two-centimetre long slices into the boy’s skin with a bamboo sliver. The boy is not allowed to show pain, as the … [Read more...] about What is the Papua New Guinea crocodile skin-cutting ritual and who are the Chambri people?
Story highlights Polio was confirmed in a 6-year-old boy in May Two more children have been diagnosed with poliovirus The strain of poliovirus detected in the boy is now circulating in the community (CNN)A polio outbreak has been confirmed in Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea, the World Health Organization reported Monday. Papua New Guinea had been certified polio-free since 2000, along with the rest of WHO's Western Pacific Region. The virus was suspected as the cause of lower limb weakness in a 6-year-old boy in Morobe Province in April; in May, the diagnosis was confirmed. The same strain of virus was detected in stool specimens of two healthy children living in the community by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the outbreak on Friday. The total of three cases prompted the declaration of an outbreak. Read More WHO also determined that the strain of poliovirus detected in the children -- vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1-- is … [Read more...] about Papua New Guinea no longer polio-free