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PNG on alert for coronavirus
10:04 pm GMT+12, 23/01/2020, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has started emergency preparations to deal with the novel coronavirus, a health official says.

The Health Department’s public health division executive manager Dr Esorom Daoni said the department was currently working to secure all entry ports in the country.

He said the department had already started preparations with Air Niugini and PNG Ports.

Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the Health Department was now putting in place a system to screen incoming passengers showing systems of cough, fever and shortness of breath and had travelled to Wuhan, Hubei province in China in the past 14 days.

The latest information on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) showed that there was at least some human-to-human transmission.

Infections among health care workers strengthened the evidence for this.

WHO advised the public to reduce the risk of infection by practicing hand and respiratory hygiene and food safety.

Among the tips on protecting one self and reducing the risk of contracting the coronavirus infection are:
·    Hand hygiene;
·    Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing;
·    Thoroughly cook meat and eggs;
·    Avoid close contact with anyone with respiratory illness; and,
·    Avoid close contact with wild or live farm animals.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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