Medical efforts

PORT MORESBY – Australian medical doctors will be at earthquake-affected areas soon to give medical aid and complement the local medical efforts to people who need medical help.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the announcement on Tuesday, saying paperwork is been done to fly them in.

Health Minister Sir Puka Temu said the Government had asked Canberra for its doctors, who were well organised in emergency situations.

“As soon as a clearance from the Medical Board is finalised, these doctors will be brought into the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand continues to provide assistance to the Government and people of Papua New Guinea after the devastating earthquake that struck the Highlands on February 26.

“As a Pacific neighbour prone to earthquakes, our thoughts are with the people of Papua New Guinea as they respond to this earthquake,” High Commissioner Sue Mackwell said yesterday.

To date, New Zealand has provided an initial contribution of $NZ500,000 ($F741,607) to help with the emergency response.