TWO staff of the Papua New Guinea's Laloki Psychiatric Hospital have tested positive for the Covid-19 forcing the disinfecting of the hospital premises, says chief executive officer Dr Losavati Wilbur Daugunu.
The two employees tested positive on March 6 and 16.
The hospital is now a high-risk Covid-19 environment.
She said contact tracing was done a day after the tests by the Central Health Authority team where 71 staff were tested.
No new admission has been accepted since March 10.
“We are not allowing any visitors in the next two weeks,” she said.
“We are not trying to stop services to the people but this is to help the situation.
“There is a no-mask-no-entry policy at the gates. Only staff will be allowed inside the hospital yard.”
She said they were still waiting for the Covid-19 budget of K500,000 which they had not received.
It was to be used for staff training, purchase of personal protective equipment and the setting up of an isolation unit for patients who test positive for Covid-19.
She pointed out that they were a special group of patients who cannot be isolated with anyone else.
“We have adequate stock of PPEs at the moment and we are ensuring that ensuring that our pharmacy has adequate stock and supply of all antipsychotics and supportive treatments.”
She said staff were unable to go out and visit patients in communities because of the pandemic.
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