Tuesday 6 April 2021
The vaccination rollout which was launched on Tuesday 30 March 2021, has seen a total number of 558 individuals being vaccinated.
The AstraZeneca vaccines were donated by the Australian Government.
Deputy Incident Manager of the National Control Centre, Dr Melinda Susapu, announced this during the first ever virtual media briefing on Covid-19, from Morauta Haus this afternoon.
“We will see a rise in that number as the week goes by,” she says.
Dr Susapu says health care workers from Port Moresby General Hospital, private health facilities, and other essential frontliners in NCD, are being prioritised for vaccination this week.
Citizens are also being urged to continue to follow the Niupela Pasin , and engage in regular physical exercise as well as eating organic foods to lessen the spread of Covid-19.
Dr Susapu is also concerned over the spread of fake news and appealed to those people to refrain from disseminating misinformation and support the government in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Meantime, Dr Susapu also paid tribute to friends of PNG, its development partners, such as UNCEF, World Health Organisation, Australian government and other development partners for their continuous support to help protect our people from Covid-19.
Responding to queries on cases that have recovered from Covid-19, Dr Susapu said there were many Covid-19 recovery cases at this stage, but the provinces have yet to provide figures of what they experience in their respective provinces.
She again appealed to provinces to provide accurate and timely information so that the correct figures can be verified and shared.
Meanwhile, NCC Incident Manager, Dr Esorom Daoni added that a national vaccine rollout plan is being finalised, however, there were other aspects which needed to be addressed, such as training of health workers and communication before it can be finalised.
“ It’s not easy to introduce a new vaccine. Yes we had the launching but then there are other things that need to go, to make sure that vaccine is rolled out over the country.”
Dr Daoni also said there was a plan in place for the new vaccine to be integrated into the Department of Health current immunization activities under the national schedule.
Commenting on the use of ventilators, Dr Daoni emphasised that not everybody requires ventilators.
“PMGH takes care of critical and also severe cases and they are the ones who require ventilators,” Dr Daoni said.
According to Dr Daoni, there are 30 ventilators that are inbuilt at PMGH Intensive Care Unit, adding, “the only intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency care facility for critical to severe Covid-19 cases is at the Port Moresby General Hospital”
“If a patient develops critical to severe symptoms, then they need to be transferred. And the only ICU and emergency care facility that can take care of that is, PMGH.”
He however said that, mild to moderate Covid-19 cases should be accommodated at the Rita Flynn and Taurama Aquatic Centre facilities where portable ventilators could be used, however moderate cases might require oxygen.
“Oxygen is much more important than ventilators,” he added.