Emergency Controller David Manning says more than 100 people whose samples have been tested have shown that they had contracted COVID-19 and recovered.
In a statement today, Mr Manning says this is out of a total 8,639 Rapid Diagnostic Tests collected throughout the country in a study that will give the government an idea of the transmission of COVID-19 in the country.
He says the tests show that 190 people developed anti-bodies, meaning that at some time in the past they contracted COVID-19 and recovered.
Church run health services throughout Papua New Guinea have given an ultimatum to the Government to release their overdue funds or they will stop work.
In a joint news conference in Port Moresby on Wednesday, the Christian Health Services and the Catholic Health Services gave 15 working days to the Government to release its budgetary allocation in the 2020 national budget.
The Government has not released the funding grants for all church run health centers for the last four months.
The proposed Public Health Emergency Act is ready to be tabled in Parliament in this sitting.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Attorney General Davis Steven says when passed, the Act will only operate when there is a public health crisis declared formally by the Governor General.
Mr Steven announced this to give confidence to the public, business houses and other stakeholders that the government’s position remains that the current state of emergency will not be extended after it lapses in a week’s time.
PAPUA New Guinea’s champion swimmer Ryan Pini and NCD Deputy Governor Dadi Toka Junior were among volunteers that came forward today (4 June 2020) to participate in a study that is being conducted to better understand the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Papua New Guinea.
Team leader of the operational research and Director of Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) Dr Evelyn Lavu said Papua New Guinea has confirmed only eight cases of COVID-19 so far and this study will be conducted in the provinces where these cases were confirmed as well as in the border areas where Papua New Guinea’s biggest threat currently is.
A VILLAGER bitten by a poisonous snake while returning from his garden last Saturday is happy to be alive after being medically evacuated to a hospital.
Henry Aifa, 35, from Kumbora village in the Obura-Wonenara electorate of Eastern Highlands was taken by his relatives to the nearest aid post on Sunday when his condition worsened.
LUNG cancer affects a significant population and is a top-killing cancer in Papua New Guinea, a doctor says.
United Nations in-country physician Dr Mathias Sapuri said this during the commemoration of World No Tobacco Day by the PNG Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) on Sunday.
“It is important to know that smoking leads to the development of lung cancer,” he said.
Patients seeking medical treatment have been given open referrals and told to get medicine from private pharmacies in Kiunga, Western.
The Rumginae rural hospital administrator Philip Kapak said the hospital had been facing a shortage of medicines since February.
THE Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) yesterday opened a containerised X-ray unit at its Joseph Bana-Koiri Tuberculosis (TB) clinic to ease the load on the hospital’s radiology department.
The X-ray facility was set up through an initiative by the child TB project of the paediatric medicine of PMGH and was built at a cost of K500,000.
It was funded by the Australian department of foreign affairs and trade (DFAT) and the PNG Government.
THE demand for blood at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) is high because of the increase in the number of patients, a doctor says.
Speaking during a blood drive hosted by Sesago Healthcare Ltd yesterday, PMGH blood transfusion services manager Dr Amos Lano said on average, 40 bags of blood were needed daily at PMGH (which equates to 90 to 100 people needing blood) but they were not receiving an adequate number of bags.
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