Papua New Guinea MINISTER for Health and HIV/AIDS Jelta Wong has slammed the “irresponsible and selfish” younger Papua New Guinea generation in protesting against the Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination.
Wong said a lot of protests led by the young people had been staged.
“I feel that they are becoming selfish because they do not think about their elder generation,” he said.
“The virus, it attacks our elder generation and people with underlying issues.”
Wong said Papua New Guineans did not go to the hospital for check-ups, but, went when they were about to die and that type of mindset should be changed to help prevent diseases.
“Surges come and go (and) this is our third surge (and) the worst surge we have had,” he said.
“I can’t tell you if the next surge that (might) happen in February or March (will be) much worse than this.
“We just have to follow the ‘Niupela Pasin’ and try to get people vaccinated.
“The evidence is there that countries that are getting vaccinated are opening up and allowing people to travel to those countries.
“Fiji is way ahead of us in terms of vaccination and they have opened up their tourism industry right now.
“Papua New Guinea cannot be left behind.
“We need to follow what the world is doing and that’s to get our immunity up and you can do that through vaccination.
“At the moment we are pushing to ensure that people get vaccinated, but, as our Government has always said, it’s not compulsory but it’s the right thing for our people.”
According to the Port Moresby General Hospital on Wednesday, the positivity rate of the Covid-19 had dropped to 41 per cent with a total number of 115 patients admitted at the hospital and its extended ward at the Nightingale Covid-19 Centre at the Taurama Aquatic Centre.
Seven patients were discharged and three died.
Of the 46 people that were tested for the Covid-19 that day, 19 were positive and 27 were negative.
On Thursday, the hospital reported that 110 patients were admitted, five were discharged and four had died.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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