Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning says COVID-19 tests done at Rita Flynn Courts in the National Capital District and other public health facilities throughout the country are free , and that no member of the public should be charged for it.
Mr Manning made this call following reports on social media that health workers at the Rita Flynn are charging K50 for COVID-19 tests. He said that this was not true, adding the reports were “fake” and further warned social media users not to misinform the public as there are penalties for spreading false information on social media.
“The Health Workers stationed at the testing site at Rita Flynn and other public health facilities around the country are duty bound to provide these services to the public at no cost. “Since the outbreak of COVID-19, health workers around the country have been doing their best to attend to all suspected cases who came forward for testing,” Mr Manning said.
He however said despite being under strength, health workers in the NCD and around the country had stood tall attending to the latest surge in the cases. Mr Manning commended the efforts of the health workers, doctors and other medical professionals who have dedicated their lives in serving fellow citizens, and called on every Papua New Guinean to strictly follow the isolation strategy imposed to contain the latest surge in the COVID-19 cases.
Papua New Guineans are further warned to be wary of this virus which has claimed the lives of 60 people so far, with cases increasing daily.
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