Papua new Guinea's Eastern Highlands Governor Peter Numu is adamant that their Coronavirus (Covid 19) restrictions will end soon.
He said reports of improvement had started to surface after almost three weeks’ of restrictions.
“We are continuing the 14 days’ lockdown and expect improvement and will cut down on transmission after one month,” he said.
Numu said the Covid-19 situation was “high-risk” in Eastern Highlands, but, was improving with restrictions and control.
He said K280,000 came from the Chinese government to use on the Covid-19 in Eastern Highlands.
Numu described the “Chinese method” as “lockdown, identify cases, isolate, quarantine, apply treatment and at the same time, roll the vaccines as optional for the people to take”.
Numu received the donation from Chinese ambassador Fanhua Zeng to help in the Covid-19 response.
“Eastern Highlands had been hit hard by the Covid-19,” he said.
“We have lost many lives – last month, around 127.
“We lost public servants, businessman, leaders and reputable people in the province, those who have contributed significantly to upholding the economic growth of the province.”
Numu said they had to adopt the approach and methods used by China to fight the Covid-19 transmission. He said according to preliminary reports, the number cases and deaths were reduced, with 13 Covid-19 patients in the isolation ward at the Goroka Hospital.
According to media reports, Chinese president Xi Jinping last month told Prime Minister James Marape that China would donate ventilators, oxygen generators and other medical equipment.
The National / PNG Health Watch
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