UNICEF undertakes national distribution of essential PPE for front line health workers
PORT MORESBY, 25 July 2020 – More than 300,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are set to be distributed to provinces in the country for front line health workers working to protect communities from the impacts of COVID-19.
The distribution of these essential PPE is of paramount importance for health workers as the country comes to grips with the recent spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases that has seen an increase from 15 to 31 in less than a week.
“UNICEF is pleased to support the distribution of these PPE that we procured for the Government of Papua New Guinea through funding made available by the Governments of Australia and Japan, and Newcrest Mining Limited,” UNICEF Country Representative, David Mcloughlin said at a brief handover ceremony today.
“It cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is for our health workers to be well protected as they carry out their work during this very difficult time so we are extremely thankful to our donors and contributors for the partnership and making it possible for UNICEF to continue supporting the PNG Government’s COVID-19 response,” Mcloughlin stressed.
UNICEF, working in close collaboration with the PNG Government, will distribute the PPE which include gloves, surgical masks, protective goggles, face shields, gowns, coveralls, shoe covers, caps and thermometers through the Provincial Health Authorities in provinces based on a distribution plan that has been approved by the National Department of Health.
The Provincial Health Authorities will be responsible for ensuring the PPE they receive is further distributed to health workers at district and sub-district levels.
UNICEF delivered more than 100,000 PPE to the Port Moresby General Hospital last week. The distribution of the rest of the PPE to the provinces will start in the coming days.
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