COVID-19 pandemic

Morobe Loses 5 Teachers

The teachers were from schools at Pindiu, Menyamya, Mutzing, Markham Valley and Omili.

Provincial program advisor of education, Keith Tangui, said their bodies are currently at the ANGAU Memorial Provincial Hospital morgue.

“To repatriate them, I’m waiting to see the (provincial) administrator so they can give us some funding to get the bodies out,” he stated.

“But thank God, we don’t have students getting COVID. Even though they sit together – all of them in one desk and all that – only two students contracted it but they’re ok.

AUSMAT transports COVID-19 supplies for PNG

Each of these provinces will be receiving 3-tonnes of supplies each, comprising Personal Protective Equipment, oxygen concentrators and essential medicine.

Most of these cargo are taken from the National Control Centre warehouse in Port Moresby, but there’s also some supplies brought by the AUSMAT team for the different hospitals, that are also being delivered. 

At the weekend, they dropped the supplies in Goroka in Eastern Highlands, Lae in Morobe, Madang and Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands Province. 

Workplaces have legal duty to protect workers and business

Governor for NCD Powes Parkop, in his latest media statement, has indicated that the ‘No jab, No job’ policy is legal because employers have the right to protect their businesses.

The governor also said he is ready to meet with anyone who has concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines, the workplace strategy to protect the work environment, health and safety standards.

Covid-19 deaths pass five million worldwide

Vaccines have slowed the death rate, but some health experts say the true toll could be far higher.

The milestone comes amid warnings from health officials that cases and deaths in some places are rising for the first time in months.

Nearly 250 million cases of the virus have been recorded worldwide.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the pandemic's real global death toll could be two to three times higher than official records.

In the US, more than 745,800 people have died, making it the country with the highest number of recorded deaths.

Protest March Illegal: Manning

He was responding to a notice sent out about a “peaceful protest march” planned for Monday, November 1 over mandatory vaccination.

Manning said: “We are in a pandemic that is affecting the globe and Papua New Guinea is no exception. There is so much misinformation whether deliberate or otherwise, being disseminated on social media.”

He said the notice being circulated is false and misleading because vaccination is not mandatory and remains a personal choice, and whoever is caught spreading false information causing pubic tension will be arrested and dealt with.

Ramu NiCo Funds Madang PHA

The country’s first Nickel/Cobalt Mine developer continues to provide valuable assistance for the health care of the people of Madang province.

Madang Provincial Health Authority Chairman, Charles Kalana and the Chief Executive of, Fidelis Waipma received the cheque from MCC Chairman, Gao Yongxue.

Five specialized medical beds were also donated to complement the K100,000 cheque donation, specifically for treatment of COVID-19 patients at the Modilon General Hospital.

Talks Focus On COVID-19, Climate Change

He said that like many of his discussions with PNG’s international friends, there was intense concern about the growing impacts of COVID-19 on the country.

“Our friends are worried about both the health and economic impacts, including the loss of jobs and incomes and budget revenues.

“Some in the opposition pretend that the COVID-19 global pandemic has not affected the economy, but the rest of the rationale world knows that it has caused enormous damage to PNG and the global economy,” Treasurer Ling-Stuckey said.

Airlines increasingly unlikely to fly unvaccinated passengers to Australia

Most international airlines who fly into Australia are likely to accept only vaccinated passengers, with larger carriers now considering whether it is logistically and commercially viable to sell tickets to unvaccinated travellers. Some carriers have had their allocation of unvaccinated passengers capped at zero.

K126m Paid To State During Pandemic

This payment represents the taxes for 2019 to 2021 and dividend payments for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.

PNG Ports Managing Director, Fego Kiniafa, said these payments have been made since the declaration of the pandemic in March 2020, to help cushion the effects of the pandemic on the PNG economy.

 “PNG Ports, as a responsible corporate citizen, has been faithful in paying its dues to the State, through the Internal Revenue Commission and Kumul Consolidated Holdings,” said Kiniafa.

COVID-19 Hits Mendi

A community leader and former senior public servant, Martin Firmin Pat has appealed to the authorities to respond immediately to contain the impact of COVID-19 on the province.

According to Mr Pat, since last month, there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths in SHP but there is no evidence of viable response from the local government.