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DPM plans for staff medical, life insurance

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There are a lot of public servants who are sick and need to undergo medical checks to know their status, according to renowned heart specialist Professor Isi Kevau.

“I think the Department of Health and provincial health authorities should take the lead in doing awareness programs to public servants, so lifestyle diseases can be prevented,” he said.

Officers of the Department of Personnel Management were given an opportunity this week to listen to Prof Kevau during a presentation on health issues affecting Papua New Guineans.

Prof Kevau was invited to give a health talk to the staff and made a presentation on communicable and non-communicable diseases that are on the rise in the country.

DPM Secretary Taies Sansan said it was necessary for a specialist doctor to give a session on conditions leading to health issues such as heart disease and other related communicable diseases so public servants can be made aware of the health risks.

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“The DPM and the Health Department have been in discussions for the establishment of a clinic for public servants,” she said.

“DPM is now in the process of finalizing a medical and life insurance for public servants.”

She said a submission was now before the National Executive Council for its endorsement and awareness on the policy will be made soon.



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