Health Authorities Get Funding Boost
The Australian government has committed $A9.6 million (K21.4m) in funding to PNG’s provincial health authorities and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to support provincial Covid-19 preparedness and response activities.
Supported by the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership and the Department of Health, the funding will assist provincial health authorities to progress implementation of provincial Covid-19 emergency response plans and reduce the spread among communities.
“Provincial health authorities are on the frontline with the communities who will be most affected by Covid-19, making difficult decisions on how to prioritise limited funding,” said Australian high commissioner Jon Philp.
“We are pleased to be able to support them in this effort.” Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Jelta Wong welcomed the support of the government and people of Australia.
“The provincial health authorities are in place and this assistance will build their capacity as frontliners in the provinces, while learning from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Funds will support surveillance, clinical management and infection prevention and control.
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