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NCD COVID-19 TASKFORCE LAYS DOWN UPGRADED STRATEGIES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF PANDEMIC IN NCD

PORT MORESBY: In light of surge in positive Covid-19 cases in the city, NCD COVID-19 Taskforce has laid down upgraded strategies to contain the further spread of Covid-19 following the recent upsurge in cases of Covid-19.

Responding to fake information on social media, taskforce chairman and NCD Governor Hon Powes Parkop said Covid-19 pandemic is real.

"We must accept that it’s here. The sooner we accept and come to terms the better and faster we can respond and reduce and eliminate infection and transmission," said Governor Parkop.

We can all help to stop the spread if we undertake following protocol:

1. It is now compulsory to wear mask everytime and everywhere. This is the LAW. This law is meant to protect you and others especially your family, community, work colleagues, class mates and school friends, your church members and team members in your sporting club. It is the greatest sign of love and respect to can show to your self and others. So, if you do not wear mask, you cannot get a taxi, you won’t be served by the bank, allowed into shopping malls and restaurants, won’t be allowed into markets and government buildings and police might arrest you or stop you from driving. So remember - No Mask No Service;

2. WASH HANDS - the easiest way to stop you getting Covid infection and many other infections too. Washing your hands regularly protects you;

3. If you have a cold or show symptoms of cold and flu, stay at home. Do not go to work; do not go to school and do not move around. Isolate yourself even from your family so you don’t risk them being infected. If your condition is severe, and you having very high fever, call the hotline. Call emergency number 1800200 and wait for visit from our medical team to have you tested;

The hotline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. In the meantime, apply treatment that we normally use to deal with cold such as steaming and getting common medication like Panadol or paracetamol;

4. Keep social or physical distancing at all times. Do not compromise this protocol. When you go out in public to do shopping, go to the bank, visit a restaurant etc..they will have social distancing requirements for queues and maximum numbers. Please observe them or they may be forced to temporarily close if protocols are not being followed. This is important not only for your health but also for services to continue without disruption;

5. We have limited capacity to deal with a massive outbreak. Not enough space in the hospital, not enough doctors, nurses and other medical staff. There is also not enough medical equipment and medicine especially to deal with massive infections. So, everyone must do their part to protect themselves and others. Each and everyone of us must take responsibility for our lives so we can help the doctors and medical officers to stop the spread of the virus and eliminate the virus from our city and our country;

6. The ban on PMVs and closure of schools is to help us stop the virus spreading. Virus doesn’t spread on its own. It is spread by people who are infected moving it and passing it to others. So by staying at home and isolating yourself, your are also containing and isolating the virus;

7. Police are there to help the doctors, nurses, medical officers and St John’s Ambulance to stop the spread of the virus. The defence force and soldiers will also be deployed to assist health officials and police. So, please cooperate with them. They are there to help you to be safe and stay alive. Let’s us all cooperate with all the front-liners doing their duties;

8. It is absolutely unacceptable for some people spreading rumours and conspiracy theories about Covid. We have seen the devastation worldwide so let’s not wait for it to happen before we believe in it! Please take heed and protect yourselves. Government can only do their part and you have to do your part;

9. Remember the hotline number is 1800200 and it’s open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have immediate life threatening situation, like an emergency, you can also call St John’s Ambulance hotline number 111, and;

10. For those who call the hotline and the ambulance come for them, please DO NOT stigmatise them. They will recover! 95% of the people will recover. If people stay at home, they are doing the right thing by their country and by their family. We have to support them and be proud of them!

NCD COVID-19 TASKFORCE LAYS DOWN UPGRADED STRATEGIES TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF PANDEMIC IN NCD

PORT MORESBY: In light of surge in positive Covid-19 cases in the city, NCD COVID-19 Taskforce has laid down upgraded strategies to contain the further spread of Covid-19 following the recent upsurge in cases of Covid-19.

Responding to fake information on social media, taskforce chairman and NCD Governor Hon Powes Parkop said Covid-19 pandemic is real.

"We must accept that it’s here. The sooner we accept and come to terms the better and faster we can respond and reduce and eliminate infection and transmission," said Governor Parkop.

We can all help to stop the spread if we undertake following protocol:

1. It is now compulsory to wear mask everytime and everywhere. This is the LAW. This law is meant to protect you and others especially your family, community, work colleagues, class mates and school friends, your church members and team members in your sporting club. It is the greatest sign of love and respect to can show to your self and others. So, if you do not wear mask, you cannot get a taxi, you won’t be served by the bank, allowed into shopping malls and restaurants, won’t be allowed into markets and government buildings and police might arrest you or stop you from driving. So remember - No Mask No Service;

2. WASH HANDS - the easiest way to stop you getting Covid infection and many other infections too. Washing your hands regularly protects you;

3. If you have a cold or show symptoms of cold and flu, stay at home. Do not go to work; do not go to school and do not move around. Isolate yourself even from your family so you don’t risk them being infected. If your condition is severe, and you having very high fever, call the hotline. Call emergency number 1800200 and wait for visit from our medical team to have you tested;

The hotline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. In the meantime, apply treatment that we normally use to deal with cold such as steaming and getting common medication like Panadol or paracetamol;

4. Keep social or physical distancing at all times. Do not compromise this protocol. When you go out in public to do shopping, go to the bank, visit a restaurant etc..they will have social distancing requirements for queues and maximum numbers. Please observe them or they may be forced to temporarily close if protocols are not being followed. This is important not only for your health but also for services to continue without disruption;

5. We have limited capacity to deal with a massive outbreak. Not enough space in the hospital, not enough doctors, nurses and other medical staff. There is also not enough medical equipment and medicine especially to deal with massive infections. So, everyone must do their part to protect themselves and others. Each and everyone of us must take responsibility for our lives so we can help the doctors and medical officers to stop the spread of the virus and eliminate the virus from our city and our country;

6. The ban on PMVs and closure of schools is to help us stop the virus spreading. Virus doesn’t spread on its own. It is spread by people who are infected moving it and passing it to others. So by staying at home and isolating yourself, your are also containing and isolating the virus;

7. Police are there to help the doctors, nurses, medical officers and St John’s Ambulance to stop the spread of the virus. The defence force and soldiers will also be deployed to assist health officials and police. So, please cooperate with them. They are there to help you to be safe and stay alive. Let’s us all cooperate with all the front-liners doing their duties;

8. It is absolutely unacceptable for some people spreading rumours and conspiracy theories about Covid. We have seen the devastation worldwide so let’s not wait for it to happen before we believe in it! Please take heed and protect yourselves. Government can only do their part and you have to do your part;

9. Remember the hotline number is 1800200 and it’s open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have immediate life threatening situation, like an emergency, you can also call St John’s Ambulance hotline number 111, and;

10. For those who call the hotline and the ambulance come for them, please DO NOT stigmatise them. They will recover! 95% of the people will recover. If people stay at home, they are doing the right thing by their country and by their family. We have to support them and be proud of them!