COVID-19

Aust Relaxes Travel Requirements

They also will not be required to produce Covid-19 proof of vaccination at check-in.

Likewise, PNG citizens who have chosen not to be vaccinated are also now able to travel from Australia to PNG (and return).

“With the world now moving to relax many of the Covid-19 restrictions, this signals a return to the freedom to travel that we all enjoyed in the past,” said Paul Abbot, Air Niugini’s General Manager (GM) Commercial.

NCC still operational

Despite the recent closure of the NCD Provincial Health Authority COVID-19 activities, the center is still releasing daily updates that are circulated widely, and managing the national pandemic response.

The NCC has 11 clusters fully operational. These include Incident Management, surveillance & rapid response, laboratory, risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), Niupla Pasin, Clinical Management, Infection, Control and Prevention, Vaccine and testing, Partner Coordination, Provincial Response Coordination and Call Centre.

Warning against COVID-19 surge

Deputy Pandemic Controller Dr Daoni Esorom says that the country is still in the pandemic and people still have to comply with the COVID-19 protocols to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. This includes getting vaccinated.

“We are working on the country recovery strategies that will be put in place post-election. It is important to note that all our four surges have been due to some national gathering, the election is a super spreader event, and we expect a surge during or after the election,” Dr. Daoni said.

Workers’ Willingness Towards COVID-19 Vaccine

Yet, since the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide in December 2019, only 1.2 percent of people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as at October 2021 had been fully vaccinated.

In order to help improve vaccination rates, business houses in PNG began to actively encourage vaccination rollout in the workplace. As “no jab, no job” has become the hallmark of many a PNG employers’ whip to enforce COVID-19 vaccine policy in the workplace, their workers were under pressure to choose between getting vaccinated and continue to work or lose their jobs if not vaccinated.

Yellow vaccine cards not for sale

Dr Liko issued the warning after receiving reports that there are people charging for the issuing of yellow cards.

“The yellow cards are processed and issued for free by the National Department of Health, and signed by the Secretary as the licensing authority. Anyone found to be soliciting money out of the yellow cards must be reported to NDoH,’’ he said.

Secretary Dr Liko said the people travelling overseas are required to produce an international Vaccine Certificate upon arrival in most countries.

Shanghai lockdown: China eases Covid restrictions after two months

At midnight local time (16:00 GMT Tuesday), restrictions were relaxed to allow most people to move freely around the city of some 25 million people.

But at least 650,000 residents will remain confined to their homes.

China's overall policy of "zero Covid" remains in place and people catching Covid face quarantine or hospital.

Their close contacts also face the prospect of removal to quarantine and the area immediately around where they live being locked down again.

Public Warned To Remain COVID Vigilant

They engage in all sorts of campaign activities with unhealthy foods consumed and amid the excitement are unwarranted activities going on. The result could be deadly.

These were the warnings by the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority Director for Public Health Services, Dr. Max Manape, when officiating the closing Trainers of Trainers (ToT) workshop for COVID-19 routine immunization at Aiyura, Obura/Wonenara district.

Risk of COVID-19 High During Election

WHO Country office OIC, Dr Anup Murung told journalists during a Media Training on Monday. He said with low vaccination rate in the country is also a concern.

He said PNG has the lowest rate in the Southwest Pacific region and people need more information from reliable and trusted sources, so they make informed decision about vaccination and adhere to Niupela Pasin protocol.

Dr. Anup asked the media to reach the people with right information about vaccines, through;

9-mile Clinic Receives Donations

Due to COVID-19, it created a world-wide shipment logistic problem and compounded with overseas supply shortage, creating a substantial drugs shortage for the Area Medical Store in NCD since last year.

For the past few months, NCD clinics were receiving substantially reduced medicine from AMS to replenish their stock, with many of the basic medicine such as paracetamol, antibiotics unavailable in the clinic. The nurses have had to ask the out-patients to buy the necessary medicine from pharmacies.

Call To Repeal Pandemic Act 2020

Chairman Pastor Joseph Walters expressed his thoughts after a media conference held at the Tabernacle of Prayer Church hall to declare a three-week prayer vigil for the National General Elections, yesterday.

In referring to the call made by the recent meeting of the Provincial Health leaders during a workshop in Port Moresby recently calling for a nationwide vaccination, Reverend Walters made these comments.