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.
COVID-19 will be here for the long haul. We need to take responsibility for our health, our family and community.
For each citizen, this means practicing appropriate physical distances, frequently cleaning your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding crowded places and finding creative ways to keep in touch.
For schools, this means extra protection for the children and students; and for places of worship, this would entail consideration for protocols related to mass gathering and delivery of religious services.
For the private sector, this means adopting new ways of working, such as enabling staff to work from home where possible, and other measures to reduce the risk of infection in the workplace. For the businesses to operate, this would mean putting in place measures for basic hygiene facilities, considering physical distancing in the delivery of services and
ensuring care and protection of staff.
For governments, this means preparing for the worst—having systems that work in every corner of the country to detect and care for people, in case of large-scale community transmission. Another important job for the government, under this “new normal” is to bring back and sustain regular health services and economic activities.
COVID-19 is unforgiving and does not discriminate. It is only by taking individual and community responsibility, working as a team across sectors, and practicing the guidance of our public health officials that we can manage the impact of this pandemic in our communities.
I understand that our people have been anxious about this outbreak and I thank each and every one of you for listening and responding. I call on everyone to continue to work together and be a champion of Niuepela Pasin in your life, in your family and in your community.
Hon. James Marape, MP
Prime Minister, Papua New Guinea
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