Jelta Wong

Outgoing health minister acknowledges NCC staff

The Minister met with representatives from different government agencies, donor agencies and the private sector at the National Control Centre at Morauta house on Friday with the Controller and Police Commissioner, David Manning, and Deputy Controller and Acting Health Secretary, Dr Paison Dakulala.

Minister Wong said many worked with patriotism and many without overtime to keep COVID-19 at bay and urged all to continue to work. He said while a transition strategy is being worked on, there is still a long way to go and all must work towards making PNG a safer and better country.

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OSL acknowledged for PPE donation

Minister Wong made this comment when he received Personnel Protection Equipment from Oil Search.

He said the critical personal protective equipment is to be distributed across hospitals and medical clinics in consultation with the National Department of Health (NDOH) and Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs) in Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf Province. He said this assistance complements the work Oil Search medical services team and Oil Search Foundation are already providing in these areas.

Wong clarifies social media allegations

He made these remarks after allegations were posted on social media claiming that COVID-19 funds were misused.

A leaked document posted on social media showing invoices and letter to the acting Secretary of Health, alleging that Wong had made numerous recommendations to the Acting Health Secretary Dr Paison Dukulala to make several payments to various questionable companies to act on behalf of the State to procure equipment’s for the COVID-19 response.

117 Test Negative: COVID-19 Update

Minister for Health, Jelta Wong, said these are the latest figures after continued follow ups by the government’s response teams.

Minister Wong said of the 7, 127 Persons of Interest (POI), 6, 560 POI’s have been cleared.

The remaining 567 are being followed up and out of this figure 117 identified as Persons Under Investigation have returned negative results.

“The significant decrease in the number of ‘Persons of Interest’  is because of continuous following up and screening,” Wong said.

Namah urged to stop grandstanding

Wong said this in response to allegations made by the Opposition Leader that the State of Emergency declared by the Government was illegal.

Minister Wong said everything is done legally adding the Opposition leader is trying to play politics at this time when they are all trying to save the nation.

Protective Equipment to be delivered

Health Minister, Jelta Wong, in an update this morning said every province will receive PPE’s.

“I just finished a meeting with the logistics team, with Air Niugini, and our Area Medical Stores, and we are going to make sure that every province makes sure they receive their PPE gear, as well as medicines that can be held in the area medical stores to combat COVID-19,” said Wong.

The PNG Government has received PPE donations from several development partners.

Provinces set for health grant boost

Grants totalling K24 million will be funded by the PNG-Australia Partnership and will support the PNG Government’s priority to support provincial health authorities in the delivery of primary health services.

The arrangement will see provincial health authorities lead planning processes to ensure that services align with local priorities. 

Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Jelta Wong, said the grants will support critical priorities in PNG’s health system. 

Health Minister refutes article

In response, Minister Jelta Wong said: "My point in the television interview on Tuesday 4 February, 2020, was not to announce that students living in Mainland China are not important, rather it was to highlight the importance of minimising the risk of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) from entering PNG borders - and that a mitigation process must be followed.

Report malpractice, urges Health Minister

Minister Wong said Provincial Health Authorities are in place and have powers to investigate claims of malpractice if reported and cited to be genuine.

He outlined that one of the core functions of establishing PHAs across the country is to provide a platform for reports of maladministration and malpractices to be dealt with accordingly.

The allegations can be verified by relevant PHA boards then registered with the Police for investigation.

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Work together, not criticise PM: Minister

He said this in response to negative comments made by the Opposition Leader on the slow response of the James Marape government to the Australian bush fires appeal.

Wong said in a time when the country is not at war, Prime Minister James Marape is promoting the Defence Force through peace and humanitarian efforts which are beneficial at this time for the Australian bush fire situation.

He said this government, under Prime Minister Marape, is about building bridges and better utilising the Defence Force where it actually matters.