We make this Statement as protest. Firstly for the manner the Public Health Emergency Bill 2020 was rushed into Parliament by the Government and passed on Friday 12 June 2020. There was no prior wider consultation, openness, and debate in Parliament. The law was rushed in total secrecy without justification. Secondly, the law has serious constitutional issues, lacking transparency and accountability for political expediency, which required greater consultation with all stakeholders prior to presentation in Parliament.
We are told that the Bill that was introduced in Parliament was different to the initial draft that was circulated to Members of Parliament prior to the Parliament sitting on Friday 12 June 2020. The following are our fundamental concerns.
The Rita Flynn Isolation Centre has reached its maximum capacity of 70, with the total confirmed COVID-19 cases now at 91.
Controller David Manning had earlier described the spike as 'truly alarming' with predictions that by the end of the month, with the rate of infections currently seen that the centre would be filled.
National Control Centre Incident Manager Dr. Daoni Esorom said they are now looking at setting up the Taurama Aquatic Centre in Port Moresby, to cater for a 300 bed facility.
Papua New Guinea has announced 19 more new cases of COVID-19 . This is being confirmed in Port Moresby by the National pandemic Controller David Manning.
This now brings the total covid-19 cases for PNG up to 91.
Total active cases are 51 at this stage with 3 in sever condition, while deaths remain at 2. 38 have recovered.
Practise COVID-19 safety protocols.
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.
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