Health Minister

Honorable Jelta Wong, MP
Minister Health and HIV/AIDS

Foreward By The Minister

The Government of Papua New Guinea is committed to delivering affordable and accessible health care for all Papua New Guinea.

As the Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, I have given clear directions to our health leaders that our focus needs to be on strengthening primary health care for all us outlined in the PNG National Health Plan 2011-2020 and its 'back to basic' approach.

We will achieve this through prioritiing the reopening of aid posts, getting funding to the clinics, fixing our drugs and medical supply challenges, and training more health workers. This will help to alleviate the strain on our hospital system which we will continue to invest in to ensure Papua New Guineans have access to the specialist care they need.

The National Department of Health plays a critical role in achieving this goal. The Department, under my guidance, provides leadership, advocacy and coordination for the health sector. This Corporate Plan outlines a roadmap for the Department of achieve its mission to improve and transform health services through innovative approaches supporting primary health care, health system development and good governance.

It provides a solid framework from which we can understand the major policy initiatives of the Department, including the implementation of the Health Sector Strategic Priorities 2016-2020, and the Government's commitments under the Alotau Accord.

Strong partnerships will be critical to achieving our goals. The Christian Health Services, Development Partners, and Private Providers are essential partners in delivering and strengthening health services. They enable PNG to leverage the limited resources we have, while bringing international and home grown expertise together to solve the many complex challenges we face.

The community remains at the centre of our daily focus. And we will continue to work hard in the pursuit of a high-quality health care system available to all people in our country.

Honorable Jelta Wong, MP, Minister for Health & HIV/AIDS

Media Statement from HON. Jelta Wong MP, MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND HIV/AIDS

The National Control Centre now announces a further two cases in Port Moresby.

Case#18 and Case#19 add to the number of Health care workers confirmed with COVID-19.

Case#18, is 53 year old male with no history of travel. He was experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath and was testted via GeneXpert. Case 18 has known respiratory illness and is currently experiencing respiratory distress being monitored by our team.

Case #19 is a year old male who works as a medical officer. He experienced fever and presented for testing. He also confirmed via GeneXpert.

Dr Paison Dakulala Deputy Controller at the National Control Centre commented, " Our targeted tested strategy has given us more efficient use of our resources. Rather than casting a wide net with testing, we are focused on testing symptomatic patients and pre-triaging is the key.

Thinking holistically, my concern is the most recent cases over thw past 5 days have been health care workers. Health care workers have a culture of seeking medical attention when they are experiencing illness.

Media Releases

2 New Positive Cases(20-07-2020)


PNG Confirms Case of COVID-19(19-07-2020)


100 Days health Response Timeline(18-05-2020)


COVID-19 PNG First 100 Days of Health Sector Preparedness and Response(17-05-2020)


Commmunications Plan for COVID-19 Parliament Sitting(30-04-2020)


Former Health Minister-Jelta Wong Media Statement(09-04-2020)


Statement on Covid-19 Minister of Health at Parliament(02-04-2020)


Health Minister Statement on COVID-9 Parliament Sitting(02-04-2020)


Health Minister Brief(01-04-2020)


Press Statement Acting Health Secretary Dr. Paison Dakulala-Update on the health sector response to the COVID-19(31-03-2020)


Media Release-Minister of Health and HIV AIDS(29-03-2020)


Coronavirus Awareness(24-03-2020)