5 Jun 2014

PNG health minister calls for overhaul of mental health

6:45 pm on 5 June 2014

Papua New Guinea's health minister says the country's mental health system is in need of a complete overhaul, saying it has been severely underfunded in past budgets.

EMTV reports Michael Malabag saying the Peter O'Neill Government is looking at ways to improve mental health care in a country with a population of 7 million and only 6 trained specialists.

Mr Malabag was in PNG's second city, Lae, for the start of construction of a new psychiatric hospital.