Health alert for state funeral

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EAST Sepik, preparing for the state funeral of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, could expect a surge in Covid-19 cases as thousands flock into the province in coming days, an official says.
East Sepik Health Authority chief executive officer Mark Mauludu said this was most likely to happen because people continued to breach the Covid-19 protocols and public health safety measures repeated so many times.
“We are conscious of the many people who will travel into the province.
“We cannot control the movement of people,” he said.
“There is a possibility of cross-infection among the people and we expect a rise in (Covid-19) cases in the province.
“Right now we don’t have proper quarantine and isolation facilities.
“The isolation ward we have in the hospital can cater for only six people.
“We now have three people isolated at the ward.”
The body of Sir Michael would arrived in Wewak on Sunday.
He will be buried at his Kreer Heights property on Tuesday.
Mauludu said the hospital staff had a meeting on Monday to discuss how to best deal with a spike in cases.
“The hospital staff met and passed a number of resolutions, one of which was to seek permission for the use of the stadium after the burial programme of the late Sir Michael,” he said.
“We would like to propose to convert the stadium into a quarantine and isolation area.”
Mauludu added that they were also very strict with the movement of people in and out of the hospital.
“We continue to screen people going in and out of the hospital.
“We encourage people to wear masks before coming into the hospital.
“Those who continue to defy this are fined K10,” he said.
Sir Michael, 84, died in Port Moresby on Feb 26.

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  • With due respect for our Founding Father. Let us not try to overlook the protocols in place due to C-19. If anyone of us is feeling sick with symptoms of C-19. Please stay home. Do not come to the burial ceremonial locations. Do this, if we really care for Late Grand Chief, Sir Michael and his immediate family members, and fellow citizens of our great country, plus our foreign friends, who will also be in attendance.

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