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Tuesday, 2 May 1961

Mr Cairns s asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   Has the Administration of Papua and New Guinea refused direct aid from the World Health Organization?

2.   If not, what direct aid has been received, accepted or proposed for acceptance?

3.   Is he able to say whether the Administration of the British Solomon Islands accepted World Health Organization direct aid which has already resulted in anti-malarial spraying of at least half the island by professional teams?

4.   Will the Administration of Papua and New Guinea accept this aid; if not, why not?

5.   Does the Administration of Papua and New Guinea propose to continue with spraying by villagers?

6.   Is this form of spraying ineffective and dangerous because its inefficiency allows surviving mosquitoes to build up resistance?

7.   Do estimates exist which show that this method would take up to seventeen years to cover the Territory?

Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honorable member's questions are -

1.   No.

2.   Direct aid has been accepted in the form of fellowships for the training of medical personnel on the basis of two or three fellowships annually for several years.

3.   No, but it is believed not. Some anti-malarial spraying has been done in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate by the Papua and New Guinea Department of Public Health to ensure that there is no transmission of malaria into an area in Papua and New Guinea controlled by spraying. It is believed that this spraying has been more extensive than any done in the Protectorate by the World Health Organization.

4.   The Administration of Papua and New Guinea does not intend to accept additional aid from the World Health Organization in malarial control. It has the potential to establish its own Territorywide programme, though in many areas local technical information still has to be accumulated.

5.   No. All spraying is now done by professional teams.

6.   No, although it is more expensive, because extra supervision, extra spray and extra pumps are required.

7.   No.

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