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Type: Journal article
Title: Health care and illness in Lihir, New Ireland Province, in the context of the development of the Lihir gold mine
Author: Hemer, S.
Citation: Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, 2006; 48(3-4):188-195
Publisher: Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0031-1480
Abstract: During 2000 a review of health care and illness in Lihir, New Ireland Province, was carried out while I was employed as a Community Health Research Officer with the Lihir Management Company, the manager of a gold mine on Lihir. The review aim was to document the health care providers for the local population and the illness burden suffered by Lihirians, and then to shape services to have a more preventive emphasis. It was discovered that the health care services available were well utilized by Lihirians. Health care was provided by the church, government and the mining company, and needed better coordination of services. Lihirians faced a relatively heavy burden of illness, with malaria the most common affliction. They also suffered significantly from lymphatic filariasis and tuberculosis, and children were poorly nourished. A considerable number of recommendations have been adopted since the health review to improve the health of, and delivery of health services to Lihirians.
Keywords: Humans
Communicable Diseases
Health Care Surveys
Life Style
Health Care Reform
Quality of Health Care
Utilization Review
Papua New Guinea
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