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Bougainvilleans are being urged to remain vigilant and to comply with the state-of-emergency (SOE) orders in light of the growing concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic which has hit Port Moresby.
Former Bougainville president James Tanis urged Bougainvilleans within Bougainville and around the country to adhere to the SoE orders so as to mitigate the spread of the virus which is suspected to have already claimed one life in the nation’s capital.
Tanis, who is vying for the presidential seat in the 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government general elections, made this statement while on his campaign trail.
“In the event of an increase in the number of reported cases, there may be unnecessary panic by the general public but I ask you all to remain steadfast and to keep calm,” he said.
“The SoE orders clearly outline the protocols that we all must follow to avoid contracting this deadly virus that has already claimed thousands of lives throughout the world.
“For us in Bougainville it is no different, we must follow these measures to safeguard ourselves and protect our children, our families and our people.
“I also want you all to maintain a demeanour of optimism.
My people of Bougainville, we will get through this pandemic.
“We are a resilient people who have faced adversity and prevailed time and time again and by the grace of God we will rise above this together as we have done so many times over.”
He has also encouraged other candidates in the election to lead by example and follow the SoE orders during the 2020 ABG elections, while also taking the time to educate the people on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tanis said most of the communities that the candidates are reaching out to are in the rural areas that have little to no access to proper information on the pandemic.
“We all have a part to play in this. Every candidate should make it their business to stress the importance of continued vigilance and adherence to the SoE orders as part of their campaigns,” Tanis said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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