Message from the Minister for Health in relation to stopping tourists on the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner from disembarking in East New Britain
On Sunday 23 2020, the Australian Registered cruise liner “Queen Elizabeth” docked in Rabaul in East New Britain. Two passengers on the cruise liner were removed for medical reasons unrelated to COVID-19. No passengers on the cruise liner were suspected of having an infectious disease or had been in mainland China in the last 14 days.
The cruise liner was cleared by health officials, which is a requirement before passengers can disembark. Unfortunately, passengers were stopped from disembarking through a verbal directive from the Governor of East New Britain. The directive was made as part of the East New Britain Provincial Emergency Response Plan to the management of COVID-19.
Health Minister Jelta Wong was at hand to receive the PNG students studying in China who were in quarantine in New Zealand for the past 14 days.
They arrived in Port Moresby this afternoon.
Fourteen students arrived while 3 students stayed back because the flight was full, they are expected to arrive on Friday.
PORT MORESBY: A night club, along the Douglas Street in Port Moresby’s Downtown, was closed indefinitely by NCDC Health officials over their facilities having posed serious public health and safety risks.
In a routine check, conducted on POM VIP Club by Environmental Health officers Abraham Keple and Jonathan Nero on February 18, 2020, found that its insanitary facility for both sex were substandard and the floor was wet and slippery.
It was also found that there was poor ventilation and inadequate lighting which is conducive for indecent touching or posing security risks.
The Roger Hau’ofa Kidney Foundation has launched the Shave 4 Kidney awareness and fundraising event by the foundation's Patron Rachael Marapen at the Hilton Hotel in Port Moresby.
The Shave 4 Kidney fundraising is set for the 27th of February, 2020.
Founder and Chair of the foundation, Michelle Hau’ofa has pledged to shave her head if the foundation’s fundraising target of K200 000 is reached.
Hau’ofa says she wanted to show her commitment to the cause in a tangible way to raise awareness and help others who are affected by kidney disease.
The foundation has undertaken a number of fundraising initiatives with other partners and has so far raised over K112 000.
PNG Parliament has been told, P-N-G has not confirmed any suspected cases of the coronavirus.
Health and HIV minister Jelta Wong is urging the general public not to believe fake news and rumours.
He said his department and other agencies are working around the clock to prevent the virus from entering the country.
The PNG Government has made available initial funding of 10 million Kina to implement Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.
The plan was developed by the National Department of Health to respond to the Novel Coronavirus which is spreading around the globe.
Relevant government agencies are working together in that emergency plan to prevent and contain the spread of the virus from entering the country.
The PNG Institute of Medical Research (IMR) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province will be conducting tests to determine the presence of Coronavirus in suspected cases brought into the country.
In an interview with NBC Television A Current Affairs program, National Department of Health Executive Manager Public Health Division, Dr. Esorom Daoni clarified this, saying the PNGIMR is a designated World Health Organization that has been conducting Pancorona virus testing for many years now.
Dr. Esorom explained that the new virus currently responsible for the hundreds of deaths across the globe is a new form of the group of Coronaviruses which the lab has been testing for.
THE University of PNG School of Medicine and Health Sciences and School of Humanities and Social Sciences will conduct a research in iodine deficiency in children and young people in Zia, Morobe.
The research will be conducted by Professor Victor Temple, a micronutrient specialist with the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sakarepe Kamene, a Linguistics and Modern Languages lecturer, Professor Michael Zimmermman, the chief executive officer of Global Iodine Network in Zurich, Switzerland, and final year medical student Kezia Sasa.
Doctor Paison Dakulala has been appointed Acting PNG Health Secretary.
Health Minister Jelta Wong has announced that decision by the National Executive Council last Friday, after the current Health Secretary Pascoe Kase's term expired on Monday, 20th January.
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