Twelve senior managers within the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority (WHPHA) including one from Susu Mamas were certified after completing the Elevate Leaders’ Program last week boosting their leadership skills to support the management of the health system.
Through the Elevate Leaders Program, all twelve senior managers (five women and seven men) were provided virtual training, individual and group coaching to develop their skills and competencies.
The Elevate Leaders Program is equipping the senior managers with specific skills and technical knowledge that they would need to confidently lead others and drive the performance of the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authority.
Right Honourable Paias Wingti, Governor of the Western Highlands Province went to Mt Hagen Hospital to get his vaccination against COVID 19.
When asked about the getting the vaccine he said “we have no choice, everyone must get the vaccine and I strongly encourage all people in the Western Highlands over the age of 18 years to get the vaccine and protect yourselves.”
The Governor further noted there are rumours and mistruths all over social media in regard to the vaccine and these should be ignored. The scientific evidence is clear, if you are vaccinated you will not get seriously ill or die from COVID 19.
PAPUA New Guinea needs at least 70 per cent vaccination coverage to protect its citizens against the deadly Delta variant virus that is rapidly sweeping across countries in the world.
Currently, the deadly variant has spread to at least 98 countries with low vaccination coverage.
It has spread through Europe, parts of Asia, South and Central America and also Africa.
It has made its way to neighbouring countries including Australia, Indonesia and Fiji thus prompting PNG to tighten up all entry points among other measures to protect its citizens.
THE Wabag General Hospital is overcrowded as patients are going to the main hospital instead of their district hospitals.
Chief executive officer Aaron Luai and Dr Weston Yambut said the hospital had a bed space of 85, however, more patients were still being admitted.
“The hospital provides all the specialist care that each patient may need,” Luai said.
“Instead of going to their nearest district hospital patients are travelling in, we try to accommodate them as best as we can.”
Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Mr David Manning has assured the people of Papua New Guinea that their rights will always be respected and protected at all cost.
Mr Manning made this comment following criticisms made on the new measures on international and domestic travel.
“There will be no mandatory vaccination nor situations created to force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This will always remain a personal choice for every Papua New Guinean and we respect that.
“I apologise to the people of PNG for the fear and anxiety caused because of the way in which the measures were written which created room for misinterpretation. The amendment to the measures were simply to include those who have been vaccinated as a sixth category under Schedule one of Domestic Measure Number 3.
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