Covid-19 community case reported in the South Island with positive test in Blenheim

The case flew from Rotorua and arrived in Blenheim on Thursday. They were tested upon arrival after developing a sore throat.

"The initial test, including a follow-up swab, returned a weak positive result."

The ministry said the case is now isolating awaiting the results of further testing.

The case is considered low risk, due to their likely late stage of infection.

The ministry said initial case interviews suggested the case was linked to the Te Awamutu cluster.

Family to pursue legal advice on cause of death

Late Charlene was nine months pregnant and was admitted at PMGH on October 9, 2021.

The family stated that after observations were done by a doctor, Charlene was declared COVID-19 positive. She had been vaccinated on September 27, 2021 – just two weeks prior.

Because of her COVID-19 status, Charlene was admitted to Ward 10, which keeps COVID-19 patients.

However, she was discharged the following day, October 10, with a prescription totaling K375, which she would pick up at a pharmacy.

Partial lockdown of Waigani Supreme and National courts

In a statement issued by Jack Kariko, Secretary for the National Judicial Staff Services, the scale down came into effect on yesterday 19 October. It will be lifted next Tuesday 26 October.

Kariko said only urgent court matters will be heard during this partial lock down period.

Further, the statement stated that all staff are required to get vaccinated and are required to show the ‘green vaccination card’ before they can be allowed entry into the premises.

The notice also applies to all court users.

COVID-19 claims 2 teachers

From a primary school in Lae (name withheld), one teacher passed away last Monday while another yesterday (Oct 18th).

“We closed the school yesterday and everyone was ordered by the head teacher, and all the teachers were taken down to the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium for COVID testing,” said Tangui.

Contact tracing and testing are currently underway, with Tangui saying a decision will be made pending test results.

At Menyamya Primary School, five teachers tested positive.

“No deaths have occurred,” he stated.

Suspension of Clinical Examinations at POMGEN

This is part of the scale down of services at the hospital due to rise in cases of the Delta Variant.  

The circular read, ‘Due to the spike in COVID-19 clinical cases in the hospital and the unprecedented exertion of pressure on the already limited capacity the hospital can cater for.’

The circular stated that it is important that clinicians, nurses and support staff be deployed in efforts to combat and mitigate the efforts of COVID-19 in the hospital.

Wong sends condolence message

He relayed this message at yesterday’s the launching of a handbook by the Council of Churches supporting the government’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Port Moresby.

“I pass my condolences to the families of our people who have lost loved ones to this dreadful disease that has engulf our country,” he said.  

To date, the National Control Centre has reported 266 COVID-19 related deaths and 24, 041 COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 Cripples Mendi Hospital

Unconfirmed reports from within Mendi hospital stated that out of the 1400 people who have been tested for COVID-19 under rapid testing, 550 were confirmed cases. Alarmingly, 11 deaths recorded so far were COVID-19 related with 55 have been admitted in the wards and 35 very ill people are camping in tents outside the hospital, as there is no space in the hospital.

From the 11 that passed on, eight are male and three females but many who have died outside the hospital are not on record.

NIP Gov’t Defers Elders Meet

New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan made the difficult decision after he was given a brief from the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force.

He said: “After weighing the extent and implications presented, the safety of the people is important and although the Elders were looking forward to the event, the decision had to be made in the best interest of all New Irelanders.”

The directive also covers the grand opening of the Tinkoris Medical Centre, which Sir J and the people were looking forward to celebrating on the 29th of this month.

CPNGFA donates to EHPHA Covid-19

The CPNGFA donated consumable items, oxygen cylinders and other items to the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority (EHPHA) to help the COVID-19 patients and the frontline health workers, this week in Goroka.

The Association in a special meeting held in Goroka recently agreed to raise funds and assist the Goroka Provincial Hospital, as the numbers of COVID-19 cases is soaring at an alarming rate in Goroka and the seven districts of the province, including Kainantu, Henganofi, Unggai/Bena, Okapa, Lufa, Daulo and Obura/Wonenara.

Fire Services Staff, Families Get Jab

Mr Roo and his family were the first to take the vaccination among many staff and their families. The vaccination drive was organized through an existing partnership between the PNG Fire Service and St John Ambulance.

He said: “PNG Fire Services is playing its part in dealing with the COVID-19 measure where it has provided voluntary vaccination options for its staff and their family members, so they can be protected against the deadly Delta Variant.”