FRONTLINERS ASSURED OF FULL PPE
Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Health and HIV, Jelta Wong has assured frontline health workers of full personal protective equipment which should be ready by next week.
Mr Wong said like many other countries, PNG was facing the challenge of procuring PPEs, drugs and consumables. That is due to the increase in their demand globally.
However, he said, other fellow governments have stood with them in solidarity. That is with their kind donations of PPEs and other medical supplies.
The Gazelle MP was speaking at the opening the National Capital District’s isolation and treatment centre for covid-19 cases at Rita Flynn complex in Port Moresby.
He brushed aside claims on local media that National Operational Centre almost blown up K23 million in weeks’ time. Thus, Health Minister invited critics to visit the centre to put doubts to rest.
Wong commended NCD Governor Powes Parkop and the multi-stakeholders for their collaboration in establishing the facility for use if the coronavirus disease finds its way into the city.
“It is very humbling and honoring to come today and see what you have achieved in short period of time, Governor (Powes Parkop) with your PHA (Provincial Health Authority). Everyone has come together and achieved what we are about to open. You have achieved something of national importance, a something which our critics say we could not achieve,” he told the occasion.
continued that the National Government’s focus of the National Response on Covid-19 pandemic threat was on beefing up joint security personnel at the country’s land and sea borders.
BORDER SECURITY AND SURVEILLANCE ON PEOPLE MOBILITY
They were, he said, extending it to tightening up security and surveillance on the movement of people across the borders. This measure was to prevent and contain the spread of the disease.
“Our government is not the only one to deliver. We always tell everybody that when Covid-19 came to this country, everybody is in it.
“Without hesitation and waiting, Governor (Powes Parkop) and his team went straight into fighting (the virus). I never worried about NCD. I always look outside and hope that other leaders can emulate in all our provinces. Business houses and Public Service have come together and delivered this,” he said.