It is a great honour for me as the Governor of Madang Province and the Patron of the 54th PNG Medical Symposium to warmly welcome you to Madang. It is indeed a great privilege for me to extend this welcome to our Official Guests – Right Hon. Mr Peter O’Neill the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Dr. Sir Puka Temu, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Hon. Richard Maru, Minister for National Planning & Monitoring, Associate Professor Ruth Stewart, Keynote Speaker, Professor John Hall, Guest Speaker, Professor Nakapi Tefuarani, President of the Medical Society of PNG and his Executives, Life Members and Members of the Medical Society of PNG, Collaborators from overseas and symposium participants.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Medical Society of PNG for choosing Madangas your host province for the 54th PNG Medical Symposium. In the last couple of months, Madang has been the host of a number of major events such as the APEC meetings and more recently the PNG Governors Conference and I am delighted that the Medical Society has again chosen Madang. As your patron, I am grateful that the four health institutions in my province, namely: Modilon General
Hospital, PNG Institute of Medical Research, Madang Provincial Health and Divine Word University have taken the challenge to come together and lead the hosting of the 2018 Medical Symposium.
Our theme for the 2018 Medical Symposium, “Rural Health Services” is of paramount importance. As I look through the scientific program, I am reminded about the great need of sustainable health services in rural settings of PNG. Our under-privileged people, particularly the mothers and children of rural PNG, continue to face significant challenges in accessing health services. It is my sincere hope that through this symposium, you as our health experts will be able to advice and direct our course in improving rural health services in our country. On my part as your patron, I am willing to work together with you all as well as with my colleagues, Minister for Health, our local members in Madang Province and our government to support priority areas in health for the betterment of my province and PNG.
Finally but not the least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and the Madang Symposium Committee for your outstanding and tireless efforts in raising funds to host the 2018 Medical Symposium. I wish you all the best and I am confident that you will all enjoy your time here in beautiful Madang with us.