Coping with COVID in PNG

Professor William Pomat
Prof. William Pomat

By early June, Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 cases stood at 15,938 and 15,088 of that number have recovered. There have been 162 deaths, and so at the time of reporting, there were 688 active cases. So how is the PNG health system coping with a disease that seemingly just won’t go away.

“There appears to be a slowing of infection rates, with hospitals reporting declining hospitalisation,” Professor William Pomat, Director, Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research has told Islands Business.

“But,” he says, “testing remains low and therefore the real picture of infections cannot be accurately determined.”

Infection among health care workers also . . .

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