PNG nurses fear for health and safety

ABC Radio Australia, July 31, 2006
Nurses in Papua New Guinea are in fear of being infected with HIV-AIDS because of the lack of adequate safety and health provisions. A report in the Post Courier newspaper says health workers are under enormous psychological and physical stress due to inadequate staff levels, long hours and threats against female nurses. Association President Lawrence Namaro says nurses need clear policy guidelines to protect them. He says he's pleased the Health Department already has a draft document in place but it needs to be approved and implemented as soon as possible.
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