Friday 22 October 2021
Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape, has called on all Provincial Health Authorities (PHAs) to submit their Covid-19 Reports and Plans as soon as possible to secure resources to address the pandemic response.
He said it was incumbent on all PHAs to send in their plans so that national government could roll out funding to them.
Two provinces, Eastern and Western Highlands are the only ones who have submitted their reports to date.
He has warned that if no plans for Covid and other diseases were forthcoming next week, then he would call for their replacement.
“If some of you do not send in your plans by next week, we are looking seriously into ensuring that if you do not respond , we might as well replace you.”
He added, “this is no light moments. Our country is in red zone in as far as Covid-19 is concerned.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister has requested the Departments of Finance, National Planning and Treasury to meet with the Department of Health, and to ensure resources are secured to support PHAs, to enable the health care system is built up to manage the flow out of Covid19 into the future.
“We are working with our Provincial Health Authorities to ensure we build up capacities in our provinces.”
Mr Marape further committed to expanding bed spaces in hospitals in the country this year and 2022, by ensuring that beds built in country have oxygen attached to them.
“The clinical care aspect will be looked at by our government, to ensure that those who are sick ,will be able to be attended to, in as far as medical care is concerned.”
Prime Minister has also assured citizens that the government is doing all it can to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
“You can help the cause by either getting vaccination or stay isolated and together, we could move through this by coming out of this alive.
“We will take stock of where we are , and if some measures we will pass from the Control Centre next week, I encourage our citizens to know, this is no ordinary times.
“These measures that we pass may mean stopping our people to move around. Our National Control team is looking seriously at our isolation strategy, but as I said we’ve been trying to balance the issue of economic well being as well as our country and I take this time to inform our country that Covid-19 is getting big.”.
Prime Minister will hold an emergency meeting with National Control Centre, Defence, Police , Finance and National Planning and Treasury on Sunday (24 October) to mobilise resources and hands-on-deck deployment through out the provinces..
“We may ask for the nation to step up in as far as the isolation strategy is concerned.”
He added that if people are still hesitant on vaccination, they then have to support the government in isolating movements and keeping localised in towns and provinces.
Mr Marape says he may call on the Defence Force to mobilise volunteers , especially grade 12 drop outs who are in the districts and provinces through out the country to help with the Covid-19 pandemic response.