NAQIA team to address African Swine Fever in Southern Highlands Province

STATE OF EMERGENCY OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER  MEDIA STATEMENT                                             Thursday 02 April 2020 NAQIA team to address African Swine Fever in Southern Highlands Province NATIONAL Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority (NAQIA) officers will be travelling to Mendi to address the recent outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province and other gazetted neighboring

Health Minister acknowledges combined effort to fight COVID-19

HEALTH Minister Jelta Wong has acknowledged government agencies, the private sector, development partners, business houses, churches and individuals who have joined hands together in the fight against the Coronavirus of COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Wong said the government cannot work alone and needed everyone to be part of the fight to stop COVID-19 from coming into

Chinese Government donates funding for COVID-19 medical equipment

Tuesday 31 March 2020 Editorial The Government of the People’s Republic of China today presented a cheque of USD$300,000 to the national government,  for its response and preparedness    efforts in addressing the coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is  made available through the China-Pacific Island Countries COVID-19 Response Fund, set up by the Chinese government

SOE Controller Not Happy With Response From People

The Controller of the Bougainville State of Emergency, DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER FRANCIS TOKURA has called on his Police officers to implement the Emergency orders that took effect throughout Bougainville last Saturday.
Speaking during his daily update on Sunday, MR. TOKURA said that he was not impressed at all to see that people were still operating roadside markets and still gathering in large numbers against the orders.
He said these orders were issued for our own good and everybody must adhere to them.
The Police Commissioner said that even Stores and bottle-shops along the highway were still open.
MR. TOKURA said that Police were still following some persons of interest to make sure they were questioned and isolated.
He said one case they dealt with yesterday was a Priest who is now in Buin who returned from the Philippines on the last flight to Buka on Saturday.
Other similar cases were already isolated.
Commissioner also said that they stopped a plane from coming to Bougainville because it was coming with Passengers which is against the orders.
He said the plane was to have arrived with Medical safety equipment for Health workers however it was refused because it was coming with civilian passengers on board.
The Commissioner said that under the State of Emergency only medical officers and security personnel can be allowed as they were part of the operation.
MR TOKURA also mentioned 12 prisoners escaping from the Arawa Police lock up on Saturday night.
He appealed to their families and those who know them to urge them to return as soon as possible

Australia’s Support to Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response

Australia is reprioritising over PGK47 million from existing commitments to provide a wide-ranging package of support  to PNG to prepare and respond to a coronavirus outbreak. This is under  the Papua New Guinea – Australia partnership to provide support to   the Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. According to a recent statement from the Australian