CHIMBU public health director Tonzi Aure has confirmed that two people in Haia died from malaria last week and 80 to 90 per cent of those tested returned positive results.
The statistics and reports came from the second team that returned on Saturday.
Aure said the team he sent to Haia on Nov 7, had managed to contain the situation with the medical supplies they had taken but he would wait for the proper testing of all the samples in the laboratory before confirming whether there was an outbreak of the disease.
“More tests, reports and analysis need to be done before declaring an outbreak.”
“The medical team returned to Kundiawa on Saturday and the final report is expected to be ready by the end of this week,” Aure said.
He said they were slow in getting reports and samples since Nov 4 because Haia was one of the most remote parts of Chimbu which was accessible only by plane.
“Those planes are owned by companies and they fly when they have enough passengers to go to Haia and cargo arranged for return flights.
“That is why we don’t get reports weekly or monthly but whenever the planes go there,” Aure said.
Aure said another difficulty they faced in Haia was communication.
“There is no network coverage in that part of Chimbu,” Aure said.
A concerned medical officer at Kundiawa General Hospital said most doctors and nurses who worked in health centres in Karimui-Nomane had not returned to work after the election.
The National / PNG Health News
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