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PNG Nurses raise concerns over their Safety in Light of COVID-19 fears

The PNG Nurses Association has raised concern over the safety of health workers who will be engaged to treat cases of Covid-19 coronavirus if it enters the country.

Association General Secretary Gibson Siune raised the concern along with the President for PNG Nurses Union Fredrick Kevai.

Mr Siune said nurses played the frontline role of attending to patients and they were at risk.

He said Australia and New Zealand health care standards were very high however health workers have lost their lives and the health and wellbeing of nurses in PNG was of great concern.

Mr Siune said they have seen that public health care services were non-existent and health managers and directors did not have ways of ensuring that public health services were being delivered properly.

He said all hospitals throughout PNG did not have isolation units and were not up to World Health Organization standards as some have deteriorated over the years.

He said PNG is also way back in having its nurses throughout the country skilled and have knowledge about the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Mr Siune said people were crossing into the borders in West Sepik, Western and Manus provinces and there's not enough public health measures established to control the spread of the disease.

Mr Siune challenged the National Department of Health to establish quality standard isolation facilities, provide appropriate personal protective equipment as well as ensure nurses were trained with adequate knowledge in preparation. 

FM 100 / PNG Today

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