30 Sep 2014

TB misconceptions hamper PNG

7:46 am on 30 September 2014

Port Moresby General Hospital says it is running out of space in its wards to cater for the number of tuberculosis patients in Papua New Guinea's largest city.

The Post Courier reports physician Dr Rendi Moke as saying there has been an influx of patients in the past six months, many of whom are still undergoing treatment in the ward.

Dr Moke says there are many misconceptions about the disease that have become barriers to finding a cure, such as many people believing it's caused by sorcery or is spread through the sharing of utensils.

The newspaper reports the country's health department as saying tuberculosis kills more adults in PNG than any other disease.