COVID-19 pandemic

SP Brewery Supports Staff

SP Brewery take the Health and Safety of its staff seriously and as a responsible company and since February of 2020, it became vigilant in implementing measures to reduce the risk in transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the work place.

These are some of the measures actioned by the company:

Child stunting from malnutrition could increase in Pacific in wake of Covid, experts warn

The loss of work and skyrocketing food prices, brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, could lead to an increase in child stunting in the Pacific, experts have warned.

A new report from World Vision, released today, found that 60% of people in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste having lost their job or main source of income due to the pandemic and that this had had a serious impact on the health of children.

Dead Bodies Overdue For Removal

PMGH Management raised concern through a media conference held at the hospital morgue yesterday. 

Director for Curative Health, Dr Kone Sobi addressed the media on the concern of the mortuary capacity. 
“There are currently in excess of 300 bodies. Lots of bodies have been here for several months, largely because relatives are not coming to pick up their loved ones (deceased) and so part of this campaign would be encouraging those relatives to come and pick their loved ones and offer them a decent burial,” he said

Businessman Supports EHP COVID Efforts

Local businessman, Raymond Naria, owner of Tawi Builders and Hardware Suppliers in Goroka was one of the first individuals to front up at the Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority (EHPHA) head office and donated K10,000 to assist the fight against COVID-19.

Other business houses, organisations as well as individuals have donated in cash, food, water bottles, oxygen cylinders and various other supplies to support the health authorities.

When making the donation late last week, Mr Naria said the increase in COVID-19 deaths in Goroka and the province is frightening.

Restriction Affects Training

He said it’s been hard knowing that there are restrictions in place and with the shutdown of the training facilities at Sir John Guise Stadium and the High Performance Gym it has made it difficult to train.

Abraham, who is a sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400-metre events, says as per advice from his coach, he has been training at home.

Funeral home reaches COVID-19 limit

Glanville clarified that only the COVID-19 limit has been reached while there is still space for those who have died from other causes.

“Toksave em stap ya, em lo COVID tasol bikos em liklik speis na COVID bai kisim sikspla bodi tasol,” he stated. (The notice that was given was for COVID-19 only because we can only take six bodies.)

“Mipla no save miksim COVID bodies na nomol bodies. (We don’t mix COVID bodies with normal bodies.)

COVID-19 bodies not accepted

Managing director, John Glanville, said they had to make the tough decision after a staff member contracted the virus.

The Glenrowan Investments Funeral Home in Lae is the only death care service provider in the Momase Region.

Started by retired army colonel, Ian Glanville, and his adopted son, John, the family business established a setup in Goroka in 2011, expanded to Lae’s 14-Mile in 2015 and are currently building another facility in Madang.

John Glanville is running the Lae operation and has been working as a funeral director for 27 years.

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Teachers infected, no graduations

Provincial program advisor for education, Keith Tangui, said the three primary schools are Omili in Lae, Erap in Nawaeb district and Menyamya.

He said three teachers in Menyamya primary have contracted the virus, including a Grade Seven student.

“Omili we have got one teacher who was infected with COVID-19, including Erap,” stated Tangui.

Tangui said head teachers have already started contact tracing, where persons of interest will be isolated.

“Those who are suspected of having COVID will be transferred down to the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium to get tested.

Designation of high-risk provinces

National Pandemic Controller David Manning issued this directive yesterday, as per section 9(1)(a), 9(1)(r), 39, and 47 of the National Pandemic Act 2020. The directive is in effect, as of Wednesday 13 October, 2021.

Western, Sandaun (West Sepik), Western Highlands, Eastern Highlands, Morobe, Chimbu, Enga, Hela, Jiwaka and Southern Highlands are the high risk provinces.