Newcrest says it provided K40,000 worth of items essential to enable the use of oxygen on patients with breathing difficulties and to reduce the risk of infection. The delivery, on May 1, of the essential oxygen regulators and hygiene equipment to the authority will assist the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre be well prepared if there is an escalation in COVID-19 cases.
The donation was in response to a call for assistance from St John's Ambulance, which has been assisting the NCD Health Authority to establish the 80-bed high acuity field hospital.
St John's PNG chief executive Matt Cannon said that his organisation, on behalf of the NCD, thank Newcrest "for their outstanding support and looks forward to identifying future opportunities to partner on delivering aid where it is most needed".
Newcrest says its Community Support Fund, will continue to partner with national, provincial and local Level governments, communities, aid agencies and other essential implementation providers to prioritise and deliver projects to help Papua New Guinea face the challenge presented by Covid-19.