Friday 22 October 2021
Papua New Guineans are again urged to take the vaccine as Covid-19 cases surge in country.
Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape , appealed to citizens to be protected, during his virtual press conference this afternoon, adding, the national government has made vaccines available in country for every citizen and resident who wants to be vaccinated.
“Whilst vaccine remains not compulsory and it’s optional for citizens and residents, it is medically certified vaccine to be taken by everyone , and I encourage all citizens to move around the path of vaccination,” emphasised the Prime Minister.
“Today we see delta strain of Covid-19 among us, and has increased the number of deaths.. The community must be able to promote Niupela Pasin . Stay safe away from crowd. Stay safe in your own home setting.
“We now have 312 persons who have died from Covid-19.That is one life lost is a burden to us , and pain to the family and pain to us as a country . It is no joy to face people dying.”
Mr Marape however encouraged those who do not want to take th vaccines, to keep themselves safe.
“Follow the Niupela Pasin , don’t move around in places where you are not supposed to be. Don’t go to crowded areas, stay safe, stay isolated, stay and keep to yourself, because your exposure to covid-19 means your family and your community is exposed to covid-19.
“This is a crisis we are facing, a health crisis, as never faced before, Assist your natural immunity with the added boost by taking one of those three vaccines that we’ve allowed ,” he said.
He warned, Papua New Guinea is being exposed to traditional border crosses, as well as people who frequently travel to West Papua, and this has exposed the country to the threat of coronavirus in a big way.
In January this year, the death toll was nine, however the number of deaths has now increased to 312.
“A sad figure,” he adds.
Prime Minister is now calling on every Papua New Guinean to be responsible “to our country to our community to our family and to ourselves” and get vaccinated.