3 Aug 2023

PNG surge in TB cases while importing drugs is tougher

From , 6:01 am on 3 August 2023

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Papua New Guinea's issues with a shortage of foreign exchange is leading to a surge in cases of tuberculosis.

A number of importers in PNG have struggled to bring goods in because of the difficulty finding foreign  exchange, which is being tightly controlled by t he central  bank, the Bank of PNG.

Most notably among these importers is fuel retailer, Puma, which has been forced to ration supplies at times over the past six months.

RNZ Pacific's PNG correspondent, Scott Waide told Don Wiseman how the foreign exchange issue is hitting the supply of critical drugs.