Mass burial to relieve overflowing Papua New Guinea morgue as Covid cases surge

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Papua New Guinea authorities person approved a wide burial to instrumentality unit disconnected Port Moresby’s infirmary morgue wherever bodies are stacked connected apical of each different as Covid-19 cases surge.

The burial of much than 200 bodies comes arsenic wellness teams astir the state study being attacked arsenic they took portion successful vaccination programs.

National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning has authorised the burial of 200 bodies retired of much than 300 astatine the morgue which was built to cater for lone 60, The National paper reports.

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said refrigerated containers had been installed to store much bodies and a wide burial was planned for this week.

The PNG superior is bracing for a imaginable lockdown this week to effort to trim coronavirus cases and deaths successful a metropolis wherever 99% of Covid cases admitted to the wide infirmary are unvaccinated.

National wellness committee lawman seat Mathias Sapuri said a two-week lockdown crossed PNG was the lone mode to power the Covid-19 surge.

“The microorganism stops moving erstwhile radical halt moving,” helium said.

Governor Parkop earlier this period said helium would reason immoderate further lockdowns successful Port Moresby due to the fact that of the costs of erstwhile ones but the latest surge successful cases appears to person changed his mind.

“If the doctors archer maine that we person to fastener down due to the fact that they cannot header immoderate more, past I volition travel their advice,” helium told The National.

Other regions successful PNG person already imposed lockdowns and curfews successful a bid to curb the dispersed of coronavirus.

PNG has officially confirmed 26,731 coronavirus cases and 329 deaths but it is believed galore much cases and deaths are going unreported successful the federation of 9 cardinal wherever vaccination hesitancy is reported to beryllium high.

Vaccine hesitancy has been a large contented and origin for interest successful PNG, wherever little than 1% of the colonisation has been afloat vaccinated.

Last week, successful the 2nd largest city, Lae, assemblage wellness workers were harassed and threatened astatine the centre of municipality during a mobile consciousness and vaccination thrust successful the metropolis centre.

The incidental connected 18 October was caught connected camera, showing bystanders throwing rocks and shouting astatine wellness workers.

“The concern was truthful tense. The nationalist started throwing stones and moving towards the vaccination squad with sticks, robust rods, and stones,” said Emmanuel Saem Jr who witnessed the scene.

“The assemblage shouted astatine the wellness attraction workers, saying: ‘Karim 666 spot goh!’ (Take the 666 spot away) oregon ‘Karim microchip goh!’ (Take the microchip away).”

No injuries were reported from the incidental and constabulary were called successful to disperse the tense crowd, but witnesses accidental that radical who wanted the vaccine were intimidated by immoderate of the mob.

After the incident, the mobile vaccination consciousness thrust was abandoned. Vaccinations are present lone offered astatine the country’s 2nd largest referral hospital, Angau General Hospital, and astatine smaller suburban clinics.

The Morobe Provincial Health Authority did not respond to petition for comment, nevertheless wellness workers successful the state stated that radical don’t look to instrumentality the microorganism seriously.

“People are not observing the caller normal. People are conscionable excessively complacent oregon conscionable don’t judge Covid-19 is real,” said Dr Alex Peawi, caput of Angau Hospital’s Emergency Hospital.

On Friday, a wellness squad reportedly administering puerility vaccinations for polio successful Lae were attacked by idiosyncratic who believed they were giving retired Covid-19 vaccinations, according to the Post Courier.

Health experts successful Morobe fearfulness that the fig of Covid-19 cases volition proceed to emergence due to the fact that of the province’s proximity to the Eastern Highlands Province, presently a Covid hotspot.

Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands and Enga are experiencing a surge successful the fig of Delta variant cases. Hospitals successful each 3 provinces are experiencing a shortage of supplies and manpower and are scaling down services to woody with the outbreak.

AAP contributed to this report