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The Papua New Guinea Defence Force is on a Call-Out in the state of emergency to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Governor General Grand Chief Sor Bob Dadae Tuesday executed a declaration of a state of emergency through out the country with the call out.
The State of Emergency is for a period of 14 days with effect from Monday 23 March, 2020 to and including 05 April, 2020.
The Call-out of the PNG Defence Force is to assist Police in the security operations and SoE control measures and is for period of 12 months from 31 December, 2019 to 31 December, 2020.
Areas of particular concern are the PNG LNG Project sites and footprints in affected provinces, law and order maintenance in Hela, Southern Highlands, Morobe, Central and NCD, Highlands Highway, border provinces of Western province, West Sepik and Autonomous Region of Bougainville, and assist authorities undertake humanitarian related logistics in addressing the CO-VID19.
The Australian government has provided an additional K1.7 million(US$496,000) to support the government of Papua New Guinea prepare for and respond to the coronavirus Covid-19.
The funding support will boost the government’s existing commitment of K45million(US$31.1 million) for virus response.
“The health and safety of all Papua New Guineans is our number one priority. Australia has been an important supporter of Papua New Guinea in health emergencies,” said Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Jelta Wong.
“This support will help to ensure our health system is better prepared to fight Covid-19 and protect the community.”
“The PNG government and the World Health Organisation, alongside the country’s leading medical experts, are working around the clock to ensure we have the right tools, information and resources to keep our citizens safe.”
Earlier this month, Australia provided personal protective equipment for frontline health workers in the Covid-19 response.
International experience has shown that preparation at national, community and individual levels is vital to slowing the spread of Covid-19. WHO recommends people familiarise themselves with basic protective measures against the Covid-19.
This includes frequent washing of hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and maintaining social distancing to prevent infection from coughs and sneezes. People should avoid touching their face, eyes and mouth, and ensure that they and those around them cover their coughs and sneezes.
Papua New Guineans are advised to keep up to date with the latest, official information from the PNG government.
Australia is a committed partner to PNG, working to strengthen the health system to prevent, detect and respond to health security threats quickly and effectively.
The Australian government funding is overseen by WHO.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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