Police headquarters, police station disinfected, closed for two days

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A staff from SS8 Solutions disinfecting the police headquarters in Port Moresby yesterday.
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Gordon Police Station will be closed until tomorrow after a police officer tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. The public should lodge complaints at other stations. – Nationalpic by KENNEDY BANI

By MIRIAM ZARRIGA
THE police headquarters at Konedobu and the Gordon police station will be closed for two days for contractors to disinfect the buildings.
It follows news that Police Commissioner and National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning had tested positive for the Covid-19 last weekend.
A police officer based at the Gordon police station also tested positive on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations Donald Yamasombi told The National yesterday that the two buildings would be closed to allow contractors to disinfect the buildings.
He said “there is no issue” with the command and control of the constabulary.
He said Comm Manning was still in control and was aware of what was happening.
“He is still reachable by phone and email. He is not sick. It’s because he is positive so he went into isolation. We resume for normal business on Thursday.”
DCP Yamasombi said face masks were compulsory at police headquarters.
Assistant Commissioner of Police NCD/Central Commander Anthony Wagambie Jr said a policeman at the Gordon police station tested positive after going to the hospital for ongoing health issues.
“We were advised that one personnel from Gordon police station had a positive Covid-19 test. He did the right thing by immediately contacting his police station commander,” ACP Wagambie said.
“We immediately closed the Gordon police station and had all personnel put though the Covid-19 testing at Rita Flynn.
“The station will remain closed while we await test results.”
He said support units had taken over policing in Gordon.
“People with complaints should go to the Airport police station, 6-Mile or Boroko police station,” he said.
Meanwhile, Comm Manning is recovering well, says Police Minister William Onglo.
“Our police commissioner was tested positive after taking the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) on Saturday and he is in isolation and recovering well,” the Minister said.
“He is still working in isolation responding to emails and urgent government matters.”

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