All recent deaths from COVID-19 recorded at the Port Moresby General Hospital so far are persons who have not been vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr Maria Moguma from the hospital’s COVID-19 ICU ward revealed this at the B4H (Businesses for Health) Private sector monthly Zoom Meeting this week.
She said apart from that, there has been no deaths of children or persons below the age 18.
She also made known that two pregnant mothers have succumbed to the disease so far while encouraging the vaccination for pregnant mums.
Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr. Paki Molumi has said this week that the positivity rate had increased from 30% late last month to 70% this week, meaning every 10 patients reporting cough, flu, running nose and fever when tested for COVID, seven of them were positive.
“So far there has been three COVID-19 related deaths and another 92 patients admitted to PMGH. Our 19-bed isolation ward is full. A medical ward was opened up to accommodate the numbers.”
He said in the coming days they will improve the capacity at Taurama Aquatic Centre’s isolation facility to take on moderate cases so PMGH can be freed up to return to normal to provide other service after the two weeks of scale down.
As well as that, he indicated that the demand for oxygen at the city’s referral hospital was very high with more and more patients admission to the wards.