By Dr. James Naipao,
Coronavirus (Covid-19): 105, 300 coronavirus cases confirmed world wide. This figure will increase by the day.
Our nearest neighbours have confirmed this virus.
This virus whom virologists thought the incubation period is two weeks, but it seems to be unpredictable, and the incubation period now stands at three weeks.
The vulnerable people are the elderly with comorbidities and those that are immunocompromised or with low immunity who will succumb to irreversible lower respiratory infection.
Avoidance to contracting the virus when it arrives in Papua New Guinea is;
It neither needs political nor administrative point scoring in the fight against this disease that is reaching the far ends of the globe. The fight to avoid this virus entering this country must be collective.
From now onwards, any foreign or PNG stationed vessels (land, sea and air) arriving from overseas may declare themselves safe but highly unpredictable because people who are asymptomatic and coming may carry the virus therefore, absolute precaution, scrutiny, pre-gate and parking check, and isolation, evaluation and quarantine done before passengers pass through the gates. Land, sea and air vessels should have fumigation certificates before coming to PNG shores too. These are mode of spread as confirmed.
Once the virus arrives in Papua New Guinea, it's potency to spread will be unpredictable.
There should be no panic but people must be alerted at the soonest.
Global Economy is feeling the pain from this covid-19. And, this recovery will take some time.
WHO says global governments must help. Papua New Guinea must not take it lightly and, GoPNG must aggressively and adequately resourced its responsible departments and agencies to monitor, evaluate, assess, and take preventive and arresting measures to avoid this virus to enter this country, and have advance management procedures in place when this disease is detected.
Dr. James Naipao
National Doctors Association
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