Healthcare. Papua New Guinea press review

There have been 29 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Papua New Guinea (PNG) during last week bringing their national total to 579. To date, over 26,500 people have been tested for COVID-19. 537 people have recovered from COVID-19 in PNG and there are around 10 active cases being kept in managed isolation. 13 provinces in the country have now recorded cases of the coronavirus, the majority are in the capital Port Moresby followed by the Western Province which borders Indonesia. [1-2]

Eastern Highlands Provincial Administrator John Gimisive is appealing to people in the province to take extra precaution following the report and confirmation of ten COVID- 19 cases. «If the situation gets out of control and there are signs of rapid local transmission, we will have to put up certain restrictions to contain the situation, » Mr. Gimisive said. [3]

Papua New Guinea has been warned of potential weather-induced natural disasters in the next several months. Heads of the National Disaster Centre (NDC) and the National Weather Service (NWS) in a joint statement warned of a looming La Nina – a higher than normal rainfall and wet condition, which would create heavy flooding, landslides and rising sea levels from November 2020 to January 2021, and possibly further on. [4]

Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) Chief Executive Officer Dr Paki Molumi said this year as part of the Pinktober breast cancer awareness programme, friends of PMGH initiated fundraising to purchase a mammogram machine. This will require about PG1.3 million (US$370 thousand). [5]

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