Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning has continued with the distribution of masks and hand sanitisers for Police personnel around the country.
In the recent distribution of Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) on Thursday 28 May a total of 64,000 disposable face masks, 2,048 pieces of 500 milliliter and 1,920 pieces of 100 milliliter hand sanitizes were shipped and dispatched to Lae, Madang, Eastern Highlands and the six provinces in the two highlands Commands.
Inspector Tumbe Sam of the Police Media Unit presented the PPEs on behalf of the Controller to the Hela Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Teddy Agwi, and Hagen Police Station Commander Chief Inspector John Maguna in Mt Hagen on Monday June 6.
Inspector Tumbe also travelled to Mendi where he presented the PPEs to Mendi Rural Commander Inspector Leo Walage.
Chief Inspector Agwi commended Controller Manning for his competent leadership during the pandemic and for taking the initiative to protect the police officers and their families during this time.
Each of the highlands provinces and the Madang, Morobe and Eastern Highlands provinces received 8,000 pieces of face masks, 256 pieces of 500 milliliter and 248 pieces of 100 milliliter hand sanitizers that will last for the next three months.
Mr Manning has called on the respective Police commanders to manage PPEs wisely.
The Southern Divisional Command, New Guinea Islands Divisional Command, Border Command and Bougainville Police will receive their share any time this week depending on the shipping schedule out of Port Moresby.
Mr Manning concluded that whilst combating law and orders issues around the country COVID-19 still remains a threat and it is incumbent upon Police as one of the frontline and responsible authority to protect its personnel and families and the community as a whole.