CONTROLLER’S PRESS STATEMENT

Saturday 1st August 2020

Good afternoon, my fellow Papua New Guineans.

It’s now Day 46 of the new normal ‘Niupela Pasin and the sixteenth day since we started seeing daily increases of COVID-19

During these 16 days (from 16 July – 1 August), we have recorded 80 new cases and 2 deaths.

To date we have identified 91 confirmed coronavirus cases in country. Out of these, 2 have died and 34 have recovered while 51 are active cases – 3 are severe, 3 moderate and the rest are mild.

The 91 cases include; 2 from Morobe, 3 from Western Province, 2 from East New Britain, 1 from Eastern Highlands and 83 from NCD.

Currently there are 22 inpatients monitored at the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre with 7 more cases to be admitted later in the evening.  The 19 confirmed  cases will also be admitted  later today.

A team of 25 PNG Defense Force staffs are supporting the health team to do swabbing at the clinics in NCD.

St Johns Ambulance with support from the New Zealand Government and the National Department of Health have set up a drive through clinic at the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre where people can get tested if presented with cold and flu symptoms.

From the screening of the 91 patients we have identified common symptoms presented by 80 percent cases. These include cough, chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, shortness of breath and abdominal pain. These goes to show that the virus can be tricky and therefore you MUST report quickly to your nearest clinic if you are sick with these symptoms .

The government has identified clusters of infection in the Nation’s Capital and is working with the Health Department and medical experts to contain the spread of the virus in the communities.

With broader community testing strategy over the next 10 days, we will have a clearer picture of this issue.

Part of the strategy is to increase testing in urban clinics.  As of today (Saturday, 1 August) the health team with support from the NCD Provincial Health Authority and partners have distributed tents and visited Morata, Six Mile, Nine Mile, Gordons, Pari, Badili and Wanigela health clinics to set up screening areas for patients. This will greatly increase testing, identification and containment of the virus in the communities .

We have identified cases in clusters in Morata, Koki, Wanigela, Port Moresby General Hospital, The National Department of Health, the National Control Centre, Ensisi, 3 Mile, 2 Mile, East Boroko, UPNG, Gerehu, Hohola and Vadavada. These areas have been identified as contacts of confirmed cases who have been identified and tested .

LET ME REMIND YOU ALL THAT THE VIRUS IS IN ALL DISTRICTS OF THE NATION’S CAPITAL AND THE ONLY WAY FOR YOU TO KNOW IS THROUGH TESTING

Therefore, I encourage you to isolate yourself at home as much as possible if you have been in contact with a positive

If you have cold and flu or any symptoms mentioned earlier, you have to get tested at the clinics by presenting yourself at the clinics or call 1-800-200 for assistance.

To date, we have tested 10, 471 persons on PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction), 9,939 samples collected, of the total; 9,939 turned out negative while 355 are pending results at the PNGIMR labs in Goroka and Port Moresby.

We can be sure to expect more confirmed cases as more samples are tested.

I now call on all Papua New Guineans, especially the residents of Port Moresby City to be very cautious of their movement due to the current increase in number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nation’s Capi

Therefore, I strongly call on all Papua New Guineans to take responsibility of your own health and that of your family and community. Please limit your movement and comply with heath measures by:

  • Washing or sanitizing your hands
  • Wear face masks at all times in public places
  • Wash your hands with soap and water (Practice personal hygiene).
  • Main Social Distancing (stay at least 1-2 meters way from others).
  • Sneeze into your elbow; and
  • Do not touch your face, eyes and nose

Please isolate yourself by staying at home, if you have nothing to do in other places.

Maintain physical distancing and stay at home if you have nothing to do and remember to WEAR YOUR MASKS IN PUBLIC PLACES

Call the National Operations Centre (NOC) Toll Free number 1800 200 for medical attention.

 

Thank you and GOD BLESS!

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