COVID-19 pandemic

PNG Games Deferred

There are numerus reasons for the deferral of the ‘Grassroots Games’ with incomplete facilities and the COVID-19 pandemic topping the list of reasons.

The PNG Games Council awarded the Games to SHP in 2016 in Kimbe through a bidding process, which was also contested by NCD and Eastern Highlands Province.

WHO To Continue Support

WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific, Dr Takeshi Kasai gave his word when visiting East New Britain today, Tuesday 14th December, 2021.

Accompanied by Health Minister and Gazelle MP, Jelta Wong, he was given a traditional welcome at Tokua Airport and met by the ENB Provincial Health Authority, Gazelle District and ENB provincial administration.

 “COVID-19 made us realize that health and people’s lives are connected. Health cannot see but we have to find a way to see it and maintain it to serve the community,” Dr Kasai said.

NSL Lauds Frontline Workers

These frontline workers include nurses, doctors, medical officers, teachers, police and correctional service officers who have continue to play a crucial role, in ensuring health, education and law and order services remain operational throughout PNG. 

“Nambawan Super congratulates our frontline workers in our towns and in remote parts of the country, for their commendable service. We recognise their efforts as they continue to serve under pressure with limited resources, staff shortage and even pay cuts in the toughest of times,” Nambawan Super Chairman, Reg Monagi said.

Australia likely to reopen to international students and skilled workers next week

Scott Morrison has signalled Australia is likely to open up to international students and skilled workers next week, while health authorities continue to weigh up whether to adjust the timing of booster shots.

The federal government revealed it would extend emergency powers for a further two months to February 2022, keeping in force mandatory mask wearing for international flights and restrictions on international travel from countries deemed high-risk.

Mass Burial For Unclaimed Bodies

The mass burial came after a number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the country. National Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning, had authorised for the mass burial with the assistance from National Capital District Commission.

Two months earlier, the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) Management raised concern of the mortuary capacity and that it was overflowing. 

According to Director for Curative Health, Dr Kone Sobi, there are currently in excess of 300 bodies. 

ICRC Backs Agencies Improve Detention Facilities

People in detention are highly vulnerable to outbreaks of diseases such as COVID-19, because of overcrowding and poor hygiene and sanitation. Recognising this risk, the Australian Government has partnered with ICRC to improve the conditions and treatment of people in detention in prisons and police lockups across PNG during this pandemic.

The K10 million partnership includes support to the Correctional Services to establish a Technical Working Group and draft a COVID-19 Response Plan.

Bulldogs part ways with John Asiata following Covid-19 vaccine refusal

The NRL has not mandated the vaccine but have allowed clubs to and it’s understood Canterbury have become the first side to lose a player over the issue.

Asiata, 28, had only just joined the Bulldogs on a one-year deal after playing in 2021 with the Broncos.

The 28-year-old told the Bulldogs last month he’d rather work on a construction site than be inoculated.

Club bosses warned Asiata last week he’d be sacked if his stance didn’t change.

WaSH Must Be A Priority, NRI

Integral to this is frequent handwashing and good hygiene practice but it requires sufficient access to clean water supply and proper sanitation facilities.

Therefore, investment in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) should be prioritized to ensure healthy livelihood and sustainable progress amid the challenges inflicted by the pandemic at this time.

“Please Don’t Take COVID-19 To Your Village!”

Dr Daoni said COVID-19 is now affecting all provinces, but it is still mostly seen in urban areas and those villages and communities accessible to these places.

He said everyone has the responsibility to ensure it is not spread to the rural areas where the majority of the health facilities are not equipped to care for people sick with COVID-19.

“We now have evidence that vaccination does reduce one’s chance of contracting the virus, and if by a small chance that you do get it, the symptoms are more like the common cold and are not deadly.

17K Vaccinated In Western

Dr Wuatai said COVID-19 measures and protocols are also being maintained.

Still in a lockdown state, Western Province health facilities have scaled down operations to allow staff to manage man power and resources in case of an outbreak in the hospital setting.

In Daru, the last COVID-19 admission was on September 27, 2021. Prior to that, there were five admissions; all were asymptomatic.

There’s been six COVID-19-related deaths reported at Daru Hospital.  Dr Wuatai said the number of reported COVID-19 cases has dropped though.