THE Coronavirus (Covid-19) surge is stretching the Papua New Guinea health system, “something that we thought would never happen in our country”, says Health Minister Jelta Wong.
“We are pushing our health system to the limit,” Wong said.
“We’ve had a lot of deaths.
“Six months ago, we became complacent thinking that it will never come here.
“(So) we were our own worst enemies.
“We became complacent.”
He blamed “misinformation on social media” about vaccination for the hesitancy by many to get the vaccines.
Wong said people were now starting to see the effects of the Covid-19 and what the Delta variant was doing in Goroka, Mt Hagen and Western.
“They are starting to see that this Delta strain is a killer,” he said.
“It kills our people.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Port Moresby General Hospital has emphasized the need for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Dr. Paki Molumi says this is the only way to cut back on the high number of admissions at the hospital, which is putting a lot of stress on the hospital.
He says there have been two deaths, and a total of 145 patients, all of them unvaccinated, have been admitted so far, with 114 at Port Moresby General Hospital and 31 at the Taurama Aquatic Centre.
EASTERN Highlands Governor Peter Numu has allocated K1.4 million to the provincial health authority to assist in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid 19).
He said money approved by the provincial executive council would be used to buy essential equipment such as oxygen cylinders and masks.
“People are dying rapidly. During my recent visit to the Goroka Provincial Hospital, I witnessed five people die,” he said.
He said three also died at the Kainantu Rural Hospital while two died in their villages.
THERE is an increase in people getting vaccinated in Eastern Highlands but authorities warn there is still a long way to go to reach their target of 146,980.
Provincial health authority chief executive officer Dr Joseph Apa said only around 4,400 had received the first dose, and 1,470 their second dose.
“In a day, we have had a good number of residents come to the hospital to be vaccinated,” he said.
“For those in town, we have another vaccination point near the airport.”
The AstraZeneca vaccine is now only available to those wishing to get their second vaccination.
A SEPARATE team for infection control is needed in all clinic facilities to sanitise them once Coronavirus (Covid-19) positive cases are discovered, an official says.
Gordon clinical nurse Muwete Gatsia said infection control was important, if a patient was infected with the Covid-19 and died in a clinic, a team needed to already be there to spray and clean out the area.
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