Covid surge puts Papua New Guinea's health care system under pressure

UN-affiliated organizations in Papua New Guinea assist the nation in responding to Covid-19 outbreak. File photo courtesy of UN.

Port Moresby -- Surging numbers of coronavirus cases in Papua New Guinea have put a strain on the country's fragile health system.

The local media in PNG reported that hospitals and morgues have reached capacity, with several patients being treated on the floor.

The PNG government reported a total of 184 new Covid-19 cases this week, raising the national total confirmed cases to 3,758. The PNG government also reported a new fatality, raising the Covid death toll to 37.

“It is not easy to report the deaths," said David Manning, controller of the National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner. " We encourage everyone to take care of yourself. Please I urge everyone to ensure they are following the health measures in the 'Niupela Pasin.'"

As PNG continues to battle the raging Covid transmission, Australia shipped 8,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Port Moresby to assist the country in its efforts to control the further spread of the coronavirus.

The PNG government reported that new cases came from four provinces: the National Capital District which reported 32 new cases; Western, 125; East New Britain, 21; and New Ire