THE death toll for the binge drinking of Methanol Ethanol Mix in Kainantu’s Aiyura has risen to 11, up from six on Monday.
And the 150 who rushed to Kainantu Rural Hospital for treatment were advised to drink beer or vodka to counter the toxic effects of Ethanol.
Hospital acting chief medical administrator Dr Enename Susuke said the 11 deaths were recorded as of Tuesday afternoon.
The dead were from Obura-Wonenara’s Aiyura (three), Kainantu Hospital (five) and Goroka Hospital (three).
“After binge drinking over the weekend (Friday to Monday), scores of sick drinkers started crowding the hospital with end organ damage on Monday.
“The following day worsened with more than 100 people calling in sick.
“The sick were advised to drink beer (SP) to counteract the (toxic) effect (of Ethanol).
To avoid wasting vaccines, PNG donates to Vietnam.
Papua New Guinea has delivered 30,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Vietnam through COVAX
The shipment was delivered to Vietnam on the basis of a government-level agreement on vaccine transfer recently signed by Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and GAVI, according to Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ambassador of Vietnam to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Nauru and Solomon Islands.
The vaccines were channeled through COVAX with assistance from international organisations such as WHO, GAVI and UNICEF.
The vaccines were originally sourced from New Zealand’s donations but they were yet to be used in Papua New Guinea due to local people’s hesitation to get vaccinated.
A MEDICAL professional says vaccines are only a prevention option and not a cure for Coronavirus (Covid-19).
University of Papua New Guinea Medical School Dean Prof John Vince said vaccines were 70 – 90 per cent effective against the initial Covid-19.
“Vaccine doesn’t give 100 per cent protection against the virus but strong evidence from around the world suggests it’s giving 100 per cent protection against contracting severe infection and death from Covid-19,” he said.
“So you shouldn’t be too surprised if you’re vaccinated and get mild illness and you’re found to be positive; nobody is claiming that vaccines give 100 per cent protection.”
The Indian Government is looking into four companies (named) operating in Papua New Guinea who procure medical supplies from Cooper Pharma and Telpha in India to determine which of them have procured the controversial 800 Propofol vials.
Among these four (named), specifically looking into the Propofol medical supply to PMGH and PNG, Borneo Pharmaceutical has been excluded as they have a different medical procurement program with another supplier.
And the PNG Government through the Health Department has also announced an investigation looking into the fatality of the seven Papua New Guineans
The four companies (named) have supplied medical equipment and medicines in PNG over years with one of them now in the midst of this Propofol medicine procurement saga into the country direct to the Port Moresby General Hospital.
THE Papua New Guinea needs more nurses and nursing schools should be recognised and approved so students can be sent to hospitals around the country to serve the people, an official says.
Papua New Guinea Nurses Association president Fredrick Kebai said this during his visit to the Tuna Bay School of Nursing in Port Moresby yesterday.
Tuna Bay School of Nursing is a private institution that was established in 2019 and has yet to be approved by the authorities so students can be employed in the health sector.
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