NEW Zealand is providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to PNG following a surge in the Covid-19 cases and deaths, says foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta.
“New Zealand is very concerned by the worsening Covid-19 situation in Papua New Guinea, and agreed to assist where we can,” she said.
“New Zealand is committed to supporting our Pacific neighbours through these unprecedented times.
“We need to look beyond our own borders in the fight to eradicate the Covid-19.
“We are providing support
to the Government of PNG as it identifies and responds to emergency needs created by the pandemic.”
A New Zealand defence force aircraft delivered the PPE from Auckland to Port Moresby on Saturday.
“We are also making funding available to the New Zealand High Commission in Port Moresby to respond to needs on the ground, as requested by partners in Papua New Guinea,” Mahuta said.
Kits comprising hand sanitiser, goggles, biohazard bags, Milton sterilising tablets, shoe covers, sharps boxes, infrared thermometers, swabs, gloves, gowns, surgical masks and face shields will be sufficient to treat 1,000 Covid-19 cases.
Air Commodore Shaun Sexton said the crew on the RNZAF Boeing 757 successfully completed a contactless delivery on Saturday.
The cargo was sanitised in New Zealand before being loaded on to the aircraft.
It was off-loaded from the aircraft on to the tarmac at Port Moresby International Airport, for collection by PNG workers after RNZAF personnel were cleared off the site.
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