TWO pharmacies at the Vision City mall will be setting up at the entrance to allow customers to buy masks upon entry before accessing the mall services, according to management.
Mall security manager Sevanaia Koroi said this followed the pandemic directives that it would be compulsory for everyone in Port Moresby to wear face masks in public.
CLINICS in the National Capital District who have been tasked to carry out swabbing for people having Covid-19 or flu-like symptoms have not been properly equipped, a nurse says.
Tokarara Clinic manager Sister Olive Oini Ume said while the Covid-19 response team had been pushing them for triage and swabbing at the clinic, no standard operating procedure had been issued to them.
She said it was important to ensure that there was compliance with standards which would turn the staff and patients.
FROM Monday, 32 hospitals, clinics and health centres in the National Capital District will begin Covid-19 testing, an official says.
National Operation Centre incident manager Dr Esorom Doani told The National that the only place used for testing now was the Rita Flynn medical facility.
People with flu-like symptoms have to call the hotline number 1800 200 or the St Johns Ambulance on 111 for assistance.
“We do have some clinics carrying out testing. Some have the capacity and some don’t.
The Marape-Steven government has been given 1 week to respond to the PNG Nurses Association petition, failure to do so will result in a nationwide strike.
PNG Nurses Association General Secretary Gibson Suine says the government has failed in all aspects to support frontline health workers to fight covid-19, which has now resulted in the death of their college.
Mr. Suine says the petition highlights issues concerning the safety of nurses in terms of standard of operations, PPE’s, ventilators and risk allowanced which they have fail to provide health workers.
By: Dr. Samuel Maima
Up this very end I am still not convinced with the way we handle the testing of C19. Why? Because URTIs are not only caused by C19 alone.
How can we make sure PCR positive is true positive or false negative?
We can only do specific C19 antibody tests. Not only that. We have to do specific antibody tests for all other RNA viruses that cause URTIs and exclude other RNA viruses that cause URTI symptoms similar to C19.
This is not done here so how can we trust PCR?
By Professor Glen Mola
Now, we actually have the COVID 19 epidemic in Port Moresby (27.7.20).
Now that we have started to test people with respiratory symptoms and fever we are detecting many cases of community transmission.
The figure is 62 as of this morning, and all of the last 50 cases have been in the NCD. The next step is that the virus will get into a settlement.
Then there will be panic as many people start to get sick and a few will die. The people in that settlement will scatter to get away from the virus and take it with them to other settlements. And so it goes and we then have a city wide epidemic, - probably by the end of August.
Call for everyone to be a CHAMPION of Niupela Pasin From the time coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was reported in Papua New Guinea on 20
March 2020, the Government and our development partners have been working hard to prepare the country in managing a large-scale pandemic. The focus of the Government throughout our management of COVID-19 has been the health and wellbeing of Papua New Guineans and ensuring we are positioned to emerge as a strong and resilient
Whilst we continue to respond to the pandemic, our thinking must also be directed to how we transition PNG to get back to our daily lives --- in a new normal. This means we will need to adjust measures as required and ease restrictions gradually, whilst constantly monitoring the effectiveness of these actions and the response of Papua New Guineans.
TWO more health workers in Port Moresby have tested positive for Covid-19, as the country’s biggest hospital in the city scales down services in an effort to contain the transmission.
Of the 19 confirmed cases so far in the country, 12 are from Port Moresby, three from Western, two from East New Britain, and one each from Morobe and Eastern Highlands.
The two cases reported yesterday were both health workers.
Case 18, a 53-year-old man, has a known respiratory illness and had a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
FOUR staff members of the Central Public Health Laboratory – among the frontliners in the fight to stop the spread of the Covid-19 – have tested positive.
It takes to 15 – seven from Port Moresby – the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded so far in the country.
“We are at war with the Covid-19,” acting Health secretary Dr Paison Dakulala said.
“For months we have been on the front line, protecting not only the people but also ourselves and our families.
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