Parkop not satisfied with work


NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop wants the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre and testing centres for Covid-19 to be ready before April 5.
After visiting the Rita Flynn facility and Gerehu Hospital on Wednesday, Parkop said he was not satisfied with the preparedness of the centre.
“I am giving a direction now that we put all effort to have Rita Flynn to be able to accept a small number of potential patients by tonight,” he said on Wednesday.
“We cannot delay any further.”
Parkop asked St John Ambulance to facilitate logistic for the field hospital work and support the NCD provincial health authority (NCDPHA) and Port Moresby General Hospital.
He commended the tireless efforts by the members of the NCD Covid-19 Taskforce and key stakeholders.
However, Parkop said procurement challenges had delayed the opening of the field hospital at Rita Flynn.
“All the equipment are all ready installed, including personal protective equipment,” he said.
Parkop called on the Health Department to quickly procure the drugs and consumables that health workers would need in the fight against Covid-19.
“Injections, swab test kits and rapid test kits have to be procured quickly so that my people are given the confidence that they are pandemic ready,” he said.
He thanked the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) agencies for assisting NCD and the country during this time.
“This is the first time that PNG is faced with such global pandemic so your expertise is much appreciated,” he said.
“Together we can contain Covid-19 and be ready if there is a breakout in the city,” Parkop said.