A SEVEN-member emergency medical team from Johanniter International Assistance in Europe arrived in Port Moresby yesterday to support the country’s response to the Covid-19.
It is the four overseas team to arrive recently to help as the number of Covid-19 cases started to increase alarmingly. The team from Johanniter consists of a doctor, four paramedics and two nurses.
THE Mt Hagen Provincial Hospital is under stress and likely to scale down services after more than 70 of its frontline health workers were isolated at the Covid-19 isolation centre.
The hospital had scaled down much of its operations three weeks ago.
Director for medical services Dr Jonah Kuripi said, by the end of this month, more of the workers would be infected if they did not receive the vaccines immediately as the hospital did not have the capacity to manage a large number of patients.
He said of the 70-plus health workers isolated, 23 had recovered and were back at work while the rest were still under isolation.
THE rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will continue in Papua New Guinea, Minister for Health and HIV Jelta Wong says.
Wong said with more than 1,500 essential workers already vaccinated in Port Moresby, he was confident that more would be vaccinated around the country.
Through the Covax facility, the first batch of 132,000 AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India arrived in Port Moresby yesterday morning in preparation for the Government’s national vaccination rollout.
This vaccine will be distributed to all provinces for the vaccination of healthcare workers and other frontline essential workers.
PAPUA Papua New Guinea recorded 219 new Covid-19 cases at noon on Monday, raising the country’s total number of infections to 8,821.
Covid-19 National Pandemic Response spokesman Chief Supt Dominic Kakas, in a statement, said to date, 21 provinces had reported Covid-19 cases and that the death toll was 69.
THE current Covid-19 surge has caused serious blood shortage at the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) as donor numbers have dropped, a doctor says.
PMGH blood transfusion centre manager Dr Amos Lano said due to the Covid-19 isolation strategies and travel restrictions, volunteer donors were not coming forward to donate freely as previously.
“It is really a disaster and we are appealing to all our good citizens, especially in National Capital District, business houses, volunteers, church groups and non-government organisations to support this call so that we look after our patients that are urgently needing blood to survive during this crucial period,” he said.
COVID-19 infections in PNG will continue to spread in the communities if people do not take isolation and quarantine seriously and not follow the control measures, an official says.
St John Ambulance (SJA) chief executive officer Matt Cannon said as of yesterday afternoon there were 26 mild Covid-19 cases at the Florence Nightingale Covid-19 Centre at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC).
THE nurses in Papua New Guinea are contracting Covid-19 while working and some are dying hence the Government should prioritise their awards, an official says.
PNG Nurses Association president Frederick Kebai said the nurses were not receiving any risk or overtime allowance when responding to the Covid-19 in the frontline because of a lack of funds.
“The nurses’ health insurance, overtime, risk and other allowances are captured in the new awards,” he said.
CORONAVIRUS deaths continue to climb in Papua New Guinea with six fatalities recorded at noon on Monday, boosting the country’s death toll to 67.
The deaths were reported in the National Capital District (NCD), New Ireland and Morobe, with the country’s total infections up by 368 new cases to 7,406.
The NCD reported three deaths – two men aged 28 and 65, and a 45-year-old woman, Morobe had two deaths – a 70-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man lost his battle with Covid-19 in New Ireland.
PNG Covid-19 National Pandemic Response spokesman Chief Supt Dominic Kakas said in a media release that Northern reported its first Covid-19 infections – three cases, two men and a woman aged between 37 and 60.
He said two cases were asymptomatic and one showed Covid-19 symptoms at the time of testing.
About 400 people including health workers have so far been vaccinated in the National Capital District since the rollout last week.
These are from the 8000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that were brought in from Australia recently.
National Control Center Deputy Incidence Manager, Dr. Melinda Susapu revealed this when giving an update on COVID- 19 situation yesterday, (Monday 5th April 2021)
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