PNG COVID-19 summit to be held in November


A National Summit on Covid-19 will be held this November, says Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Controller David Manning.

Manning said that they intended to hold the national summit on the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response which will see participation from key partners involved in our response.

“The intention of the summit is to bring everyone together to look at the PNG response to date and if we could have done it better.

“This summit will not only determine the shape, size and form of the PNG response to COVID-19 in 2022 and beyond, but we expect that gaining from the lessons learnt we can establish set protocols to deal with any and all future pandemics,” he said.

Manning said that on a global scale Papua New Guinea has done exceptionally well in its COVID-19 response to date.

“In fact in some area we were the first and this includes the setting up of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force, the establishment of the National Control Centre, the declaration of the State of Emergency, a 14-day nation-wide lock-down upon the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case, and the enacting of the National Pandemic Act 2020.

“The intention of this global pandemic treaty is to ensure that countries will now have a framework that will help countries better prepare and address any future health pandemics,” he said.

Meanwhile, PNG has a total of 18,203 cases of which 17,702 have recovered, 192 died and 309 are active cases and 12 were recently confirmed.