Wong On Coronavirus Update
HEALTH Minister Jelta Wong has acknowledged government agencies, the private sector, development partners, business houses, churches and individuals who have joined hands together in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking in Parliament last week, Mr Wong said the government could not work alone and needed everyone to be part of the fight to stop covid-19 from coming into PNG.
“Responding to the covid-19 pandemic represents a significant challenge for governments and communities across Papua New Guinea,” Mr Wong said.
“It is a challenge the government together with the covid-19 joint agency taskforce, is committed to tackling within our communities, for the long-term interest of stability, prosperity and resilience of our nation,” Mr Wong said.
“The top priority for our governments right now is to contain the rate as low as possible.
“We have closed our borders to non-citizens and non-residents, and we have banned Papua New Guineans from travelling overseas. “We have also put in place enhanced health screening for passengers flying to PNG.”
However, Mr Wong said that as a country in transition, the government needed to enable the movement of a small number of international experts, as well as essential supplies, medicines and food.
He said despite the covid-19 pandemic, the Papua New Guinea Government is also continuing to deliver essential TB, malaria and HIV drugs throughout the country.
“With support from the private sector, government agencies and development partners we are ensuring that we provide an emergency response that is in the best interest of Papua New Guineans,” Mr Wong said, adding that the joint agency taskforce team is working to ensure water, electricity and telecommunication services are not disrupted.
“Our airline industry and frontline services are continuing their work to ensure health facilities are equipped and that medical supplies reach women, men and children in the country,” Mr Wong said.
He said the PNG Government had engaged with development partners to prepare for and prevent the spread of covid-19, and to manage the broader health and economic impacts.
Mr Wong said the government is assessing the current and long-term needs for health service delivery during and after covid-19.
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