Wednesday 25 November 2020
Several priority events and training workshops for health workers, doctors stakeholders and donor partners have been scheduled for November 2020, according to the latest Papua New Guinea Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Health Situation Report (11- 22 November).
A meeting of the Health Sector Aid Coordination Committee, comprising health officials and donor partners, is under way today (November 25) in which the COVID-19 Expenditure Tracking and Donor Tracker Report was presented.
From 26 to 27 November, a Provincial Health Authority forum will take place, where executives of the PHAs and officials from the National Department of Health and other government departments and key stakeholder will discuss issues of management, policy, systems and innovations to implement health reforms in the country.
Meantime, the COVID-19 Summit has been rescheduled for 25 January to 5 February 2021 at the APEC Haus, Port Moresby.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Training on Vaccine and Immunization Safety in the Western Pacific was organized from 16 – 19 November for medical and technical officers from the National Department of Health.
The training was part of safety preparedness in the event that the COVID-19 vaccines are deployed to the region.
Another important training, supported by the Department of Health, PNG Society of Anesthetists, UNICEF and WHO, was held from 17 – 19 November 2020, for health care workers on ventilator use,
It was reported a total of 21 doctors and nurses from East Sepik, East New Britain, Milne Bay, Chimbu, and New Ireland Provinces successfully participated in the training.
The report further highlighted that a Workshop on Strengthening COVID-19 Diagnostic Response in the country was held in Port Moresby from 19 – 20 November.
Representatives from the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL), PNG Institute for Medical Research (PNGIMR), Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH), National Department of Health (NDOH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) took part in this training.