PNG gets 10 new portable clinics

TEN new portable health facilities were commissioned this week in preparation for deployment across the country as part of Australia’s support package to Papua New Guinea’s coronavirus response.
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Dr Paison Dakulala, Jelta Wong and Jon Philp with one of the container clinics

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The Australian High Commission says the Papua New Guinea National Department of Health is working closely with selected provincial health authorities to identify priority locations for the portable facilities.
"The clinics will boost service provision at existing health facilities, including treatment of non-infectious diseases and injuries, triage and referral, prenatal and postnatal care. This will free up space at existing facilities to treat identified and suspected coronavirus patients.
"Provinces are at the forefront of efforts to prevent and manage coronavirus and strengthen the quality and coverage of health services. Through the PNGAus Partnership, Australia has provided close to K19million in direct support to provincial health authorities to assist their pandemic preparations," the High Commission said.
Health Minister Jelta Wong MP and Australian high commissioner Jon Philp officiated at the commissioning of the facilities at Red Sea construction yard at Baruni in Port Moresby. Also present was acting health secretary Dr Paison Dakulala.
The first five clinics are expected to be deployed this week to five provinces.
"In line with Department of Health priorities, the first three provinces to receive clinics include West Sepik, Western Province and East New Britain," Philp said.


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