The public has been urged to practice proper hand and respiratory hygiene and food safety to protect against and to reduce the risk from coronavirus infection. This alert from the Health Department comes after reports of China’s new SARS-like virus that is spreading and infecting hundreds since the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December last year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Health Department is putting in place a system to screen incoming passengers who have coughs, fevers and shortness of breath.

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. Viruses can spread from human contact with animals. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days. There is no specific treatment. Most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own.


The Gerehu General Hospital in Port Moresby has pledged to work with the newly-opened Medecins Sans Frontieres Gerehu TB (tuberculosis) clinic to deliver medical services to TB patients in Port Moresby. It is good to have partners working together to fight tuberculosis (TB) in the country as the Government cannot do it alone, says TB national programme manager Paul Aia. Working in collaboration towards a cause would get results than working in isolation.


Health Dept issues alert on Coronavirus