CHINA, on Friday, donated K4.2 million worth of medical equipment to help Papua New Guinea in its fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
“The donation is a result of a telephone conversation between Prime Minister James Marape and President Xi Jinping end of last year,” Chinese ambassador to PNG Zeng Fanhua said.
“The machines will be used in all of Papua New Guinea and we really appreciate the ongoing support from China which is stronger than ever,” Health Minister Jelta Wong said.
“Donated on the fourth day of Chinese New Year, it is a time for giving and it is also the first day of our prime minister in China.”
The equipment, delivered by sea freight, included 300 oxygen concentrators, 30 intensive care unit (ICU) ventilators, 500 disposables for ventilators, 500 pulse oximeters and 60 high flow heated respiratory humidifiers.
“I am sure this donation will help Papua New Guinea fight the pandemic as we combat the new wave of the spread of the Omricon variant,” Zeng said.
The equipment will be distributed amongst the 22 provincial health authorities and Port Moresby General Hospital by the Health Department in consultation with the National Control Centre.
The first batch of medical supplies, consisting of 30 ICU ventilators, 500 ventilator disposables, 80 oxygen concentrators, 500 pulse oximeters and 60 respiratory devices arrived in Port Moresby last Dec 31.
In the beginning of this year, the second batch, 220 oxygen concentrators, arrived in Port Moresby via a special chartered flight direct from China.
“We are also glad that Marape is now in Beijing, with Papua New Guinea being the only Pacific Island country invited to the Winter Olympics,” Zeng said.
“With the prime minister also expected to have bilateral meetings with Chinese leaders, I am sure the visit will be successful.”
The National / PNG Health Watch
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