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Health and Security sectors in PNG get bigger slice of K280 million

PNG Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey said the additional K280 million approved by the National Executive Council for the COVID-19 operations will go towards Health and Security.

In a statement, Mr. Ling-Stuckey said of these, K60 million will be used to upgrade hygiene at potential coronavirus hotspots such as markets, schools, and aid posts to be administered by the Provincial health authorities and District development authorities.

He said a K73 million kina will go towards building 10 new border posts as soon as possible, including covering the functions of immigration, customs, quarantine, and defense.

Mr. Ling-Stuckey said K37 million is to be distributed directly to frontline provincial health authorities as a 22 percent increase in each of their 2020 budget funding allocations.

The Treasurer said K30 million for the Department of Health for the purchase of Personal Protective equipment and other vital health support using international procurement practices as established by the World Bank.

A further K60 million to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, the Defence Force and the Correctional Services to strengthen law and order aspects of the war on the pandemic, and to defend the country's border's against potential disease carriers.

K15 million to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to build capacity at overseas posts and to help repatriate Papua New Guineans trapped abroad.

K5 million for administrative support for churches and city/urban authorities to provide food for those most in need.


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