29 Nov 2011

More effort needed to address PNG population growth

4:15 pm on 29 November 2011

The Papua New Guinea Government has been told it is not doing enough to address the country's dramatic population growth.

The PNG population is forecast to shortly hit seven million, nearly double what it was 20 years ago.

The United Nations Population Fund says there are no proper plans in place to deal with the high fertility rate.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that development partners are calling for a multi-sectoral approach to solve the issue.

The population increase is having an adverse effect on service delivery, placing limits on access to water, food, electricity, education and health.