By MALUM NALU
Health Minister Jamie Maxtone-Graham today (Thursday, December 22, 2011) predicted a major shift in health from “curative” to “preventive”.
Preventive medicine or preventive care refers to measures taken to prevent diseases, or injuries, rather than curing them or treating their symptoms.
“We are going to have a paradigm shift,” Maxtone-Graham said at a press conference with National Planning Minister Sam Basil.
“We must look at this preventive health policy now.
“It’s a long term investment.
“Preventive health is very important.
“We don’t have to spend more money on health if less people get sick.
“I’ll be spending more time with National Planning working on this, as we want a smart nation with health-conscious people who live a healthy lifestyle.
“A healthy nation is a wealthy nation.”
Maxtone-Graham also reaffirmed Basil’s stance that the O’Neill-Namah faction was the legitimate government of Papua New Guinea.