MT Hagen Hospital has recorded 16 Covid-19 deaths and 99 staff members have tested positive for the virus, Western Highlands acting chief executive officer Jane Holden says.
Holden told The National that they had 732 positive cases registered, plus a possible 20 or more after results were received from Singapore and Brisbane recently.
“We are swabbing in five places outside Mt Hagen – Bukapena, Parbrabuk, Tambul, Tinsley and Kotna health centres,” she said.
Holden said staff from those health centres had undergone training recently to carry out Covid-19 tests outside the city.
“The Covid-19 vaccines arrived in the province last Tuesday, and, so far, 96 staff from the hospital have received the vaccine,” she said.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG Covid-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning wanted citizens who had recovered from the Covid-19 to use their experiences to advocate about the dangers of the pandemic and need for people to adhere to the “Niupela Pasin” or “New Normal”.
Manning wanted those that had recovered to share their experience as well as advocate about the dangers of the pandemic.
“There is a certain degree of doubt among some citizens about the Covid-19, but only those who have recovered will know the near-death experience they endured,” he said. “So I would encourage them to talk about their experiences to their family, friends and colleagues and to encourage them to follow the Covid-19 protocols of wearing face masks, avoid crowds and regularly wash your hands.”
The National / PNG Health Watch
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