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First Papua New Guinean under observation in Wuhan for suspected coronavirus
9:24 pm GMT+12, 06/02/2020, Papua New Guinea

A Papua New Guinean is under very close monitoring in a corona-virus facility in Wuhan, China, a highly-placed health official in Wuhan has confirmed.
 
The highly placed health official said the person was scheduled to board a flight back to PNG but was reported sick and taken in for monitoring after showing early symptoms of suspected coronavirus.
 
It was going to take them 48-hours to confirm because he had taken medication on his own accord – panadol – and antibiotics and needed to be diluted or let the medication die out so they can do proper checks, according highly placed health sources in China.
 
They got results by doctors said malaria was common in PNG and will be checked for malaria and be monitored over last night night.
 
The Chinese official said late yesterday that the Papua New Guinean is one of 11,000 patients quarantined in a total of six coronavirus facilities throughout Wuhan.
 
The PNG government has been tight lipped on the coronavirus and although the Post-Courier asked for comments from the Prime Minister’s office, there was no official comment from them.
 
The government’s lack of firm statement on the world threat has been heavily criticised by former prime minister Peter O’Neill and opposition leader Belden Namah on the lack of leadership approaching the threat.
 
O’Neill has called for better government co-ordination to deal with the coronavirus.
 
O’Neill said it is essential that the executive government is given stronger leadership by the Prime Minister as the country and the people deal with the threat of the corona virus.
 
“The Prime Minister must also come clean with what is happening with our students and other citizens who are in China, as many as 2000 who are looking for options to return home but are not receiving any information from the government. Our people need to know if any of our citizens have contracted coronavirus and why not all of the students who sought to join the New Zealand evacuation flight were able to board the aircraft.”
 
Namah has reiterated his called for the Prime Minister to inform the nation of government measures to stop that virus that is a threat to the world.
 
“What the Prime Minister should be doing is telling the nation that I’m getting all the doctors organised. I am putting some funding into this area for us to have doctors and scientists prepared for any outbreak in the country,” he said.
 
“We have not also heard about how the Prime Minister is going to rescue our students who are in China or citizens for that matter,” said Namah.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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