Papua New Guinea PRIME Minister James Marape says the country’s health system does not have the capacity to deal with the Covid-19.
“There are only 200 intensive care unit beds around the country which is pathetic,” he said.
The Government had allocated K2 million each to districts for their Covid-19 response.
He said some people continued to ignore the seriousness of the Covid-19 transmission and relayed inaccurate information on the pandemic.
“The Covid-19 is a cross cutting issue.
“The health minister will give a report on how we have responded to the Covid-19,” he said.
“We have to learn to live with the Covid-19 in a sensitive manner.”
Marape said “under political disguised questions and interest, if anyone wants information on the Covid-19, whether it’s expenditure-related or medical services, we have inherited a health system that does not have capacity to deal with the Covid-19”. Abau MP Sir Puka Temu had questioned in Parliament yesterday when a report on the Covid-19 response would be tabled.
He said Marape was making up Covid-19 numbers.
“I think the prime minister is now trying to confabulate.
“Please stop confabulating.
“Don’t play politics.”
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