Churches and Government act to protect PNG

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The need to promote key messages and access to accurate and timely information on COVID-19 was the focus of discussion between representatives from Government and Churches supported by the PNG-Australia Partnership in an emergency meeting in Port Moresby this week.

At the meeting, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, the Hon Jelta Wong, said churches are a key partner to the Government, with their extensive networks, and were trusted local leaders that would be called upon to support efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This includes asking people to regularly wash their hands, stay at least one metre from people in public and stay inside for 14 days if you come into contact with a sick person, as it takes this time for the virus to show symptoms and this will prevent it from spreading.

The Government in declaring a state of emergency will be exercising its partnerships across the public, private and non-government sector elevating our Churches to help us prepare for this threat right from the village level to our major cities,” said Minister Wong.

Australian High Commission Minister-Counsellor, Andrew Egan, reiterated Australia’s support to PNG’s churches and asked church partners to redirect resources, using Australian funding, to support the PNG Government’s response to containing COVID-19.

The Government of PNG has set up a COVID-19 response call centre at Morauta Haus, Waigani for general enquiries on COVID-19, through this toll free number 1800200.

Feature Pic: Church leaders and Government representatives listening to Minister for Bougainville Affairs, Sir Puka Temu explaining the Government’s response strategy for COVID-19.

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