Company donates masks to control spike in community

Health Watch

MOROBE has seen over 20 confirmed cases of the Covid-19, an indication that community transmission is increasing.
Throughout last year, PNG Biomass has pro-actively reached out to communities to provide relevant information and support about the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over a 1,000 notices and Covid-19 awareness materials were distributed to communities with the help of community liaison officers.
To be prepared for sharp local increases in community transmission, PNG Biomass ordered 9,000 reusable face masks last year.
Early this year, about 5,500 face masks were received and prepared for distribution.
With the current surge in local cases, a first batch of 2,500 face masks were distributed to local health centres and aid in the footprint of PNG Biomass’ operation.
Wampar health centre received 2,000 masks, with Tararan and Chivasing aid posts receiving 500 each.
At the time of the donation, both aid posts were closed.
Most locals were attended to by the volunteer health workers within those two areas, who took receipt of the face masks and would be responsible for community distribution.
The next planned distribution will be in the Umi and Atzera LLG where 1,500 face masks would be distributed to Mutzing Rural Hospital and Tsuia sub health centre.