Controller urges citizens’ participation in COVID-19 survey

Saturday 3 October 2020

A nationwide survey is being carried out in Papua New Guinea to gauge people’s perception, knowledge and behaviours on coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The survey is in line with the directives from the Controller of the National Pandemic Response, Mr David Manning, for health workers, provincial authorities and community leaders to ensure that everyone in the country has access to life-saving information to protect people from COVID-19.

“This survey is vital as it will provide an indication of people’s risk perception, knowledge and prevention measures and information sources on COVID-19. It will help us identify gaps as we move forward in living with COVID-19.

“I urge those approached by the surveying team to participate and provide feedback so we can improve the way we reach our people,” Mr Manning added.

To date, the survey team comprising  the Health Promotion Team of the National Department of Health (NDOH), Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs) and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) has completed the survey in eight provinces: Central, East Sepik, West Sepik, Madang, Gulf, Southern Highlands, Jiwaka and Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB).

The survey is ongoing in Morobe and Eastern Highlands.

The roll out in other provinces will commence in the coming weeks to be conducted by teams from the Health Promotion Team of NDOH, key persons from the National Command Centre, PHAs and WHO.

The survey results will generate basic information for updating communication strategies and campaigns, developing targeted messaging for behaviour changes and designing interventions for long-term community engagement.

Meanwhile, there are no new COVID-19 cases reported in the country in the last 24 hours.

To date, PNG has recorded 540 confirmed cases and seven deaths from COVID-19.

The case numbers in 13 provinces in the country are as follows:

Provinces Confirmed cases
NCD 322
Western Province 191
Central 7
Morobe 5
East Sepik 3
West New Britain 3
East New Britain 2
Milne Bay 2
Southern Highlands 1
Eastern Highlands 1
West Sepik 1
New Ireland 1
Autonomous Bougainville Region 1


There have been 25,955 persons who have tested for coronavirus. An additional 132 samples are pending laboratory results.

There are six active cases currently in isolation. So far, a total of 527 persons have recovered.

Globally, there are 34,743,502 COVID-19 cases and the death toll stands at 1,031,282.

There was an increase of 314,580 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

In the Western Pacific region, a total of 14 countries/territories had confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases for the region to 621,570 cases and 13,541 deaths.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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