Morobe Provincial Health Authority

Ventilators for MoPHA

Morobe Provincial Health Authority chief executive officer, Dr. Kipas Binga, echoed these sentiments when receiving five pallets of ventilators and accessory spare parts which were donated by Newcrest Mining Ltd and UNICEF.

This is one of many donations that Newcrest Mining and UNICEF have given to support the Morobe Provincial Health Authority throughout this global pandemic.

“We are fortunate that we have many stakeholders who support and ensure we continue to deliver health services to the highest standard and Newcrest Mining Ltd is one of such,” said Dr Binga.

MPHA facility ‘ready and available’

The K4 million facility, which is located at 11-Mile, has catered to around 100 persons under investigation so far.

The COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facility at 11-Mile was an arrangement between the Health Department, the Morobe Provincial Health Authority and NKW.

MoPHA to address nurses, HEOs

The public health workers are calling on the management and Morobe leaders to address the longstanding issues of low manpower, lack of resources and inadequate facilities.

Spike in Morobe COVID-19 cases

The Morobe Provincial Health Authority has recorded 87 COVID-19 cases and another death as of today.

The March 9th death follows Lae’s first COVID-19 passing in the early hours of February 8th.

The number of active cases is expected to increase.

The PHA is urging residents to follow the COVID-19 protocols of face masking and physical distancing.

Drunk driver crashes ambulance

Police have reported that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Eyewitnesses claimed the vehicle, a Nissan Urvan, was travelling at high speed when it slammed into the Eriku bus stop median and careened off into a nearby raintree.

The driver is now in police custody, where chief superintendent Chris Kunyanban said charges will be formalised and laid against him.

New COVID-19 cases announced in Lae

The MPHA said the initial case was an employee who had contracted the illness whilst spending a week in the nation’s capital. 

“His wife contracted it from him and she unfortunately passed it on to an employee of her company,” said the MPHA.   

“Contact tracing of all persons of interest is underway. 

“Now is not the time to panic or spread rumour or innuendo,” stressed the health authority.  

“As unfortunate as this is, there was always a high risk of transmission.” 

Residents have been urged to get serious and follow the preventive measures: 

Morobe COVID-19 update

The Morobe Provincial Health Authority has reported that over the past two weeks, all samples that have been sent for testing have returned negative. This means those tested do not have coronavirus.

“Although coronavirus has been detected in Morobe Province, it is important to remember that most people who contract the illness will only experience mild symptoms and they will get better,” stated the MPHA.

“Take care of our friends and families who catch coronavirus; they need our support.”

(A mobile health clinic at the Wampar LLG, Morobe Province)

Screen NCD’s departing passengers: MPHA

The CEO of the Morobe Provincial Health Authority, Dr Kipas Binga, appeals for monitoring and surveillance systems to be implemented at the Jackson’s International Airport for passengers who are leaving the city.

Dr Binga said it is now evident that those infected in outside provinces were previously in the nation’s capital.

Pastem it was just assumptions that Moresby might be infecting us,” he stated. “Now it’s no longer an assumption. It has already been documented.

Province’s second imported case undergoing treatment

The 74 workshop participants are awaiting screening while the Morobe Provincial Health Authority Rapid Response Team has commenced contact tracing and testing.

The CEO of the Morobe Provincial Health Authority, Dr Kipas Binga, confirmed that the 37-year-old man is part of the Health Department’s COVID-19 response team who were collaborating with the World Health Organisation to run a training in Lae.

Morobe to roll out major immunisation drive

In an effort to mitigate that, the Morobe Provincial Health Authority is rolling out routine immunisation.

In a media briefing, the Morobe Provincial Health Authority CEO, Dr Kipas Binga, advised the province that a major immunisation drive will be carried out across all districts and schools.

The Provincial Health Authority is strongly encouraging the community to immunise children under 5 years old against diseases like TB, hepatitis, polio, pneumonia, measles, rubella and whooping cough.