PNG CAPITAL BETTER PREPARED TO HANDLE CORONAVIRUS
The National Capital District is now better prepared to handle positive Covid-19 cases when it finds its way into the city.
The preparedness has been made possible following the commissioning of its isolation and treatment centre at Rita Flynn Complex today (April 10, 2020).
THE FACILITY COMPOSITION
Head of the technical team, Dr Gary Nou said: “There are 20 nurses, 13 doctors and 20 other health extension officers on hand manning the centre. The facility features 76-bed isolation for all categories of cases, simulation tent, operations and staff rooms, and mini-emergency station. Others under its belt are stations for swab and sampling, hand wash, security and cleaner, and triage and surveillance tent. Additionally, other composition of the centre includes emergency ambulance bay, and tents for quarantine and spill-over quarantine.”
Dr Gary added that only severe isolation cubicles were not ready, pending approval of international standards.
“In a worst case scenario, we have contingency plans to expand the facility onto open fields outside the complex.”
IMPORTANCE OF COVID-19 ON EASTER
NCD Governor Powes Parkop commended him with his team, and other partners for their hard work and contribution in having established the facility for use.
“This is a national facility. We are privileged as a city to host it. It is here for all of us.
“We are in a health emergency and the pandemic is world wide. It has not hit us fully but we must be prepared.
“That is why I have summoned you all to come here,” he told them.
The Governor was speaking to stakeholders who gathered to witness the occasion.
“It is the Good Friday and Easter on the Christian calendar. However, Christians cannot attend to church services with more than 100 people whom are prohibited under the State of Emergency order.
“It is important at this time that we pass this key message to our people.
“When they are think about their next life in heaven, the life that we have here is real too and it is in danger.
COMMITMENT AND PARTNERSHIP
“What our city residents and neighboring Central and Gulf provinces should take comfort is that we have worked hard at all level.
“We will continue to keep working harder to do all that we can to protect our people and give you the service that you all deserve and to get ready if this pandemic does hit us in the city,” he said.
Governor Parkop urged the residents and the neighboring people of Central and Gulf that they were working in unity.
Hence, he stated that they were preparing to offer high services to them at this time when everyone is in fear.
CITY IS READY!
“Our people are in a situation of stress. But, we are here today to show that the city is ready.
“Everyone has worked very hard to arrive at this outcome. We are not only united but globally everybody is reaching out. Also they are working together to support each other at this unprecedented time.
“Our leaders are here for our people at this time when our people need us more than any other time.
“Putting differences aside, we have come to together. We have worked together to deliver this.
“Today, I congratulate everyone for arriving at this outcome. The facility is ready.”