Ramu NiCo gives K10,000 to Covid-19 response team


THE Madang coronavirus (Covid-19) response team (MCRT) has received funding support of K10,000 to help in their awareness and surveillance, thanks to the Ramu NiCo Management Ltd (MCC).
MCC donated the money to the representatives of MCRT on Saturday.
Emergency physician at Modilon General Hospital Dr Juith Gawi said the money would be used to help in conducting awareness in selected places in the province, and one in particular was the Basamuk area in Raicoast, where there was a port of entry for overseas vessels.
“Basically, our team in Madang was set up to beef up surveillance on identifying the symptoms of the virus if and when it enters,” he said.
Dr Gawi said the team began its first awareness last week for the employees of RD Tuna Cannery and RD Fishing at Widar.
He said the awareness was mainly to explain to people various symptoms of the virus and also for surveillance at entry points.
Meanwhile, MCC has put a temporary stop to its Chinese employees travelling from China from their break as a control measure.
Vice-president of MCC Wang Baowen said serious considerations were taken to secure public safety as well as the safety of its employees, both PNG nationals and Chinese.
He said all Chinese employees who were supposed to leave for China for their break had their trips cancelled.
Those employees who were to return from their break have been advised to remain in China until further notice.
“We are communicating very closely with the Chinese embassy in Port Moresby and we understand an official media statement will be delivered soon depicting the official stand of the Chinese government towards assisting PNG,” he said.
“At our operational level, we take these immediate measures.”
Baowen said the temporary stop to staff travel to and from China would not affect the operation of the project.