Beds at Covid-19 ward full as cases increase, says doctor

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THE 14 beds at the Covid-19 ward inside the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) are occupied as more Covid-19 cases are coming to the emergency department, an official says.
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Paki Molumi said the Rita Flynn facility would be opened today to relieve pressure on the hospital.
He said five staff in the obstetrics and gynaecology wing were tested positive for the Covid-19 acquired from people.
“The PMGH labour ward is the only one (being used in) the entire city, Central and Gulf hence we cannot close,” Dr Molumi said.
“We are ensuring that service continues by (implementing) appropriate infection control measures and the recruitment of short term staff to relive those who had tested positive and isolated.
“We are testing our staff who have symptoms.
“There are many others in the community who have symptoms but not coming to be tested and continue to spread the virus.
“That is a big worry for us.
“Soon our clinics and hospitals will be flooded with patients beyond our capacity to handle.”
Dr Molumi said there was a community transmission in the National Capital District reflected in the increase of cases at the hospital.
“Let’s protect the health system by observing the Niupla Pasin.
“Wear a face mask, use alcohol to wash hands, keep physical distancing, avoid unnecessary gatherings and get tested when you have fever, flu and cough.”