Opposition leader Belden Namah has urged Prime Minister James Marape and the Covid-19 Pandemic team to immediately stop the campaign of terror and confusion they have unleashed upon the country and the people.
He said the government must give clear, practical and affordable advice and guidance to the people and must establish evidence and science-based response to the pandemic.
The opposition leader is adamant vaccination is not the cure against Covid-19 and that most people will not get vaccinated given the country’s resources, capacity and terrain so PNG cannot achieve herd immunity within a short timeframe.
In a media release, he said the government must not lead the people down an impossible herd immunity dream that cannot be realised.
Mr Namah pointed out that vaccinated people are still getting infected and are infecting others and still dying from Covid-19.
“The most irrational part of the vaccine drive is that 99.8% of those who catch the virus will not surrender to it, this was the situation until the latest variants like Delta came on the scene,” Mr Namah said.
“The pathogen being vaccinated is mutating so fast that before the kind of numbers to ensure herd immunity is reached, the vaccine might already be useless to the freshest variant.”
Mr Namah recommended the only real, most practical and affordable measures are the strict observance of Niupela Pasin protocols and application of home remedies.
The Opposition Leader strongly maintained that Vaccination must be voluntary and not compulsory adding peoples’ rights and freedom must be respected at all costs.
He added that now with the Government House which represents the Head of State and the Judicial Services representing the Judiciary as the third arm of government have announced NO JAB, NO JOB policy officially, it appears the last supports of the National Constitution are gone.
“Universal human rights as proclaimed in this sacred document now stand suspended.”
Namah further stated, if the government wants a NO JAB, NO JOB policy then he will call upon all government and private sector workplaces to shut down for a month to ensure that the policy is carried out properly.