The country’s biggest referral hospital in the country Port Moresby General Hospital is seeing a massive increase of COVID-19 cases both from its staff and patients.
CEO Dr Paki Molumi confirmed that 114 of the hospital staff have tested positive to COVID-19 which is almost the half of the hospital staff.
Dr Molumi said, they have allowed those confirmed with COVID-19 to be isolated for two weeks and come back for work after their isolation period is over.
“Our staff have undergone full medical examination.”
“Those who have core underline diseases and the older ones have been put in the back, away from the frontline to keep them safe.”
Dr Molumi clarified that most the hospital staff contracted COVID-19 from their communities and not from the hospital.
“About 70% of them have got the disease from the community which means that there is a widespread of the disease in our communities.”
He said testing is the only way to determine how far and wide COVID-19 is spreading.
“We are picking up more of the cases among our staff because we are doing testing everyday.”
Besides the numbers rapidly increasing among the staff at the Port Moresby General Hospital, the staff have undergone a training to stay mentally prepared and readily be available for a COVID-19 situation like this prior to the surge currently experienced.
“The staff who have been confirmed with COVID-19 were isolated for two weeks and they return to work after that.”
“This is the good thing about POM GEN staff, they are willing to take on the challenges despite the situation and move forward to serve the population.”